Over 400 women were murdered by Iranian security forces during the November 2019 uprising that took over the country last year.
This huge number of female victims speaks to how involved women were in leading these protests against the regime, which spread to over 200 cities and possibly to at least 719 locations, according to an MP, that began over a rise in gas prices. This is been acknowledged in regime media, which normally hate to credit women with anything.
The women killed include students, government employees, nurses, mothers, and even children like Nikta Esfandani, 14, and Hosna Bameri, 3.
As the protests rapidly became about the overthrow of the mullahs’ regime, Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei ordered the security forces to shoot to kill and shut down the internet to prevent others from finding out.
There were over 1,500 protesters killed during the uprising and the Iranian Resistance has so far named 828 of them, despite the regime’s failure to acknowledge the true number of deaths.
Of those who survived the initial slaughter, 12,000 were arrested and are under torture in prison, while also being denied due process and access to a lawyer, all in an attempt to force fake confessions.
Amnesty International Shed Light on the Regime’s Cruelty
Amnesty International reported in September that there was “widespread torture” against protesters, including:
- electric shocks
- stress positions
- mock executions
- sexual violence
- forced administration of chemical substances
- deprivation of medical care
Amnesty wrote that “hundreds (of protesters were) subjected to grossly unfair trials on baseless national security charges” and “death sentences (were) issued based on torture-tainted ‘confessions’” after they conducted in-depth interviews with 60 victims (or their relatives) and analyzed information including written messages from several hundred Iranians, video footage, official statements, and court documents.
In their report, Trampling humanity: Mass arrests, disappearances, and torture since Iran’s 2019 November protests, Amnesty wrote: “Iran’s police, intelligence, and security forces, and prison officials have committed, with the complicity of judges and prosecutors, a catalogue of shocking human rights violations, including arbitrary detention, enforced disappearance, torture, and other ill-treatment, against those detained in connection with the nationwide protests of November 2019.”
The Iranian opposition National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) likened the November 2019 uprising to a powerful tide throughout the past year, revealing the ongoing intense conflict between the people and the regime.
“No force on earth can stop an idea whose time has come. The time has come for the international community and world governments to stand by the women and people of Iran and not their torturers and murderers,” it wrote.