Five people were killed by Iranian security forces during protests sparked by Mahsa Amini’s death. who was detained by the policeaccording to a human rights activist.
Human rights group Hengaw, a Norwegian-registered organization that monitors rights abuses in Iran, said five people have been fatally shot during demonstrations in Iran’s Kurdish region over the past few days. It said 75 others were injured in other cities over the weekend.
Acting UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Nada Al-Nashif issued a statement on Tuesday expressing alarm at the “violent response of [Iranian] security forces’ to the demonstrations.
Meanwhile, Tehran Governor Mohsen Mansoori accused protesters of attacking police and destroying public property, claiming in a Twitter post late Monday that the protesters were “fully organized and trained to create unrest in Tehran.”
CNN was unable to independently verify reports of deaths and injuries.
Protests erupted after the death of AmenA 22-year-old Iranian woman who died in Tehran after being arrested by Iran’s morality police last week.
Iranian officials said Amini died on Friday after suffering a “heart attack” and falling into a coma following her arrest last Tuesday. However, her family said she had no pre-existing heart disease, Emtedad news, a pro-reform Iranian media outlet, said it had spoken to Amini’s father.
Redacted security camera footage released by Iran’s state media appeared to show Amini collapsing at a “re-education” center where she had been taken to receive “guidance” about her clothing.
Iran’s Moral Police is part of the country’s law enforcement agency and is tasked with enforcing the Islamic Republic’s strict social rules, including its dress code, which requires women to wear a headscarf or hijab in public.
The UN Office for Human Rights (OHCHR) said in a statement on Tuesday that morality police had expanded street patrols in recent months and subjected women believed to be wearing a “loose hijab” to verbal and physical harassment and arrest.
“(OHCHR) received numerous and verified videos of violence against women, including women being slapped in the face, beaten with batons and thrown into police vans,” the statement said.
Al-Nashif said Amini’s death and allegations of torture and ill-treatment should be “swiftly, impartially and effectively investigated by an independent competent authority”.
Iranian police said Amini’s death was an “unfortunate accident” and denied she was physically harmed while in custody, Iran’s semi-official Fars News news agency reported on Monday.
Iranian authorities said they had performed an autopsy on Amini’s body. Speaking on state television on Saturday, the director of Iran’s Forensic Medicine Organization, Mehdi Forozesh, said the results would be released after further examination by medical experts.
Speaking at a press conference on Monday, Tehran police commander Hossein Rahimi said police had “done everything” to keep her alive.
But the police’s explanations were not accepted by the protesters. The UN said thousands of people took to the streets in cities including Tehran, Isfahan, Karaj, Mashhad, Rasht, Sakes and Sanandaj to demand justice and accountability.
The semi-official Fars news agency reported that protesters were “unconvinced” by the police’s justification for Amini’s death and claimed she died “under torture”.
After Amini’s funeral ceremony on Saturday, security forces fired tear gas at protesters in her hometown of Sakez in Iran’s Kurdistan province, Fars said, while Iran’s semi-official Mehr news agency said demonstrators demanded answers from police and allegedly they threw stones at the governor’s office.
Fars also released a video showing protesters demonstrating in the Kurdistan provincial capital of Sanandaj late Sunday and chanting slogans against officials.
One video shared by the Free Union of Iranian Workers showed protesters in Sanandaj chanting “death to the dictator”. Another video shows women taking off their hijabs and waving them in protest in Tehran.
Separately, internet watchdog NetBlocks said on Monday that its real-time data showed “almost complete disruption of internet connectivity in Sanandaj”.