October demonstrations against the death in police custody of Kurdish-Iranian woman Masa Amini. Photo: Bulent Kilic/AFP via Getty Images
An Iranian court has sentenced protesters to death for what a website linked to Tehran’s judiciary said was linked to “riots” on Sunday after weeks of demonstrations against Iran’s ruling party. declared.
Big picture: This is the first death penalty issued in response to protests after the death in police custody of 22-year-old Masa Amini, who was detained for an “inappropriate hijab,” according to the Associated Press. It is believed that.
- Iranian authorities have indicted more than 2,000 people since the unrest began last September, with hundreds more in three provinces on Sunday, DW notes.
detail: According to the Mizan website, which has links to the Justice Department, this person “sets fire to government buildings, disturbs public order, and organizes rallies and conspiracies to commit crimes against national security, and is the most He was sentenced to death on charges of “enemies of God and corruption”.
- According to Mizan, another five were sentenced to five to 10 years’ imprisonment for “collecting and conspiring to commit crimes against national security and public order.”
What they say: Sixteen UN-appointed independent human rights experts released a joint statement on Friday calling on Iranian authorities to “stop using the death penalty as a tool to quell protests.
- They are entitled to “arbitrarily free freedom for the sole reason of exercising their legitimate rights to freedom of opinion and expression, association and peaceful assembly, and for action to promote and protect human and fundamental rights. We called for the immediate release of all protesters deprived of their freedom through peaceful means.”
- They noted that eight people from Tehran province were charged last month with crimes that carry the death penalty: “war against God” and “corruption on earth.”
To the point: A UN expert, part of the Human Rights Council’s Special Procedures, said: “More indictments on charges involving the death penalty and death sentences could soon be brought forward as protests continue to be suppressed. ‘ said.
- “[W]Women and girls on the front lines of protests are particularly targeted, especially female human rights defenders who have been arrested and imprisoned for demanding an end to systemic and systemic discriminatory laws, policies and practices. I am afraid that “
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