Despite Tehran announcing a few weeks ago the release of thousands of detainees who were imprisoned for their participation in the protests that have swept the country since the killing of the young woman, Mahsa Amini, last September, Amnesty International has renewed its accusation that the Iranian intelligence services and security forces are carrying out “horrific acts of torture” against Child protesters They are under the age of 12 to suppress their participation in demonstrations.
The organization added in a statement on Thursday evening that the acts of torture included “beatings, flogging, electric shocks, rape and other forms of sexual violence.”
Humiliation and forced confessions
It also considered that these torture operations aim to humiliate children and “extract forced confessions” from them, while calling on the Iranian authorities to immediately release all detained children who used their right to peaceful protest.
“In the absence of prospects for effective, impartial investigations into child torture at the domestic level, we call on all states to exercise universal jurisdiction over Iranian officials” suspected of criminal responsibility for crimes under international law, including the torture of child protesters, she added.
It is noteworthy that during the protests that erupted in Iran since last September following the death of Amini, the security forces arrested thousands of protesters, young men and women, including many minors.
Hundreds were also injured, and dozens lost their eyes from live bullets.
Likewise, human rights organizations confirmed that at least 44 children were killed during the first months of the demonstrations alone.
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Last modified: March 17, 2023