Detained Iran Protesters Flogged Sexually Abused And Electrocuted


Detained Iran Protesters Flogged Sexually Abused And Electrocuted

Iranian security forces committed a “catalogue of shocking human rights violations” against those detained in a crackdown on nationwide protests last November, Amnesty International says.

Dozens of men and women told the human rights group they were beaten, flogged, given electric shocks, or sexually abused to extract bogus confessions.

More than 7,000 people – including children as young as 10 – were arrested in the crackdown. Hundreds more died.

Iran has not commented on the report.

But it has previously rejected criticism of its human rights record as baseless.

November’s protests erupted after the Iranian government increased the price of petrol by 50%.

The decision was met with widespread anger in a country where the economy was already reeling as a result of US sanctions, and hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets.

Iran’s supreme leader denounced the protesters as “evil-doers” incited by “foreign enemies”, and security forces launched a deadly crackdown.

Amnesty’s new report, entitled “Iran: Trampling Humanity”, gathered the testimonies of 60 detainees and 14 individuals who had either witnessed or investigated reported violations.

The detainees alleged that torture was routinely used to elicit “confessions” and incriminating statements, not just about their involvement in the protests, but also about their alleged associations with opposition groups, human rights defenders, media outside Iran, as well as with foreign governments.

Amnesty said the torture methods included “waterboarding, beating, flogging, electric shocks, pepper-spraying genitals, sexual violence, mock executions, pulling out nails and solitary confinement, sometimes for weeks or even months”.

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One man who was subjected to electric shocks recounted: “It felt like my entire body was being pierced with millions of needles. If I refused to answer their questions, they would raise the voltage levels and give me stronger electric shocks… The torture has had lasting effects on my mental and physical health.”

Detained Iran Protesters Flogged Sexually Abused And Electrocuted


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