Iran Allegedly Committed “Crimes Against Humanity?”

( – Iran allegedly committed crimes against their own people, specifically women and girls, according to the UN.

A UN fact-finding mission released a report regarding crimes against protestors, specifically women and girls, that resulted in injury and violence. They are being accused of many different crimes against women who were standing up for human rights, such as torture, murder, imprisonment, rape, and others.

Over 500 people have been killed during protests, according to Human Rights Watch, and this includes 68 children. More than 20,000 protestors were arrested during that time as well. The FFM stated that the government of Iran “committed a series of extensive, sustained, and continuing acts that individually constitute human rights violations directed against women, girls, and persons expressing support for gender equality and the rights of women and girls and, cumulatively, constitute what the mission assesses to be gender persecution in the context of the protests and associated repression of fundamental rights”.

The FFM also stated that there was proof of rape, electrocution, and sexual assault against some of those that were arrested. They also said that those in the LGBTQ group were inflicted with wounds and proof of intentional torture.

The FFM has tried to work with the Iranian Government to cooperate in their investigation but they have done everything they can to keep away from an investigation. The FFM is expected to share its findings at the end of March in a report to the UN.

Chair of FFM, Sara Hossain, said, “These acts form part of a widespread and systematic attack directed against the civilian population in Iran, namely against women, girls, boys, and men who have demanded freedom, equality, dignity and accountability.”

The newest rule that the Iranian government has put on is enforcing hijab rules on women and girls. “Iran’s authorities are terrorizing women and girls by subjecting them to constant surveillance and policing, disrupting their daily lives and causing them immense mental distress,” said Diana Eltahawy, Amnesty International’s deputy for the Middle East and North America.

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