The United Nations Human Rights Council is holding a special session on Thursday, November 24, to discuss the regime’s protests crackdown.
The Iranian people have continued to protest all across Iran for two consecutive months, following the death of Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old woman arrested by morality police in Tehran, for allegedly violating the country’s strict dress code for women. Protests erupted in response to the event, which has since spread to at least 250 cities. According to sources from the Iranian opposition People’s Mojahedin of Iran (PMOI/MEK), the regime’s forces have killed 640 people and arrested over 30,000.
Since the beginning of the uprising, the regime’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei has ordered military and security units to launch horrific killing sprees, and now he has dispatched helicopters, armored vehicles, and heavy weaponry into Iranian Kurdistan to quell the locals’ unrelenting protests.
November 21, saw the IRGC and other security forces open fire with heavy, high-caliber machine guns on defenseless people in the cities of Javanrud and Piranshahr, killing and injuring dozens. According to early reports from Kurdish media outlets, the IRGC used a nerve agent in the region, causing vomiting, skin rashes, and severe coughing.
According to a September 30, Amnesty International report, “Iran’s highest military body ordered the commanders of armed forces in all provinces to ‘severely confront’ protesters who took to the streets… The group has evidence of widespread, unlawful use of lethal force and weapons by Iranian security forces who either had the intent to kill protesters or should have known with a high degree of certainty that their use of weapons would result in deaths.”
Furthermore, on November 6, 227 regime MPs issued a statement asking the judiciary and its chief, to “punish” and “rapidly and firmly deal with” protesters by sentencing them to “execution.” As a result, a minimum of 21 people were recently given death sentences in bogus trials.
At least 57 children have died as a result of the protests since they began on September 16. On November 17, security personnel killed 10-year-old Kian Pirfalak of Izeh, southwest Iran. The security forces started shooting at their car as they were on their way home with him and his family. Young people under the age of 18 have also perished, including Nika Shahkarami, Sarina Ismailzadeh, Siavosh Mahmoudi, and many others. These young children were energetic and full of hope for a better future, as evidenced by their videos of them that have gone viral on social media.
The killing of children drew condemnation on Saturday from UNICEF, the UN’s agency for children:
“UNICEF remains deeply concerned by reports of children being killed, injured, and detained. Despite a lack of official data, since late September an estimated 50 children have reportedly lost their lives in the public unrest in Iran… This is terrifying and must stop,” the statement said.
On November 16, the United Nations General Assembly’s Third Committee unanimously adopted a resolution condemning human rights violations in Iran. This is the 69th UN resolution condemning Iran’s heinous and systematic human rights violations.
Welcoming the adoption of the resolution, Iranian opposition President-elect Maryam Rajavi of NCRI said, “while the resolution reflects only a small portion of the crimes of the ruling anti-human regime in Iran, as it did not have enough time to investigate the regime’s crimes in recent weeks, it, nevertheless, makes it abundantly clear that this regime has systematically violated all recognized principles and standards of human rights.”
On Thursday, the UN and its member states at United Nations Human Rights Council need to enhance economic sanctions, greater diplomatic isolation, and expulsion of the Iranian regime from key institutions, especially the UN Commission on the Status of Women.