Iran Human Rights (IHRNGO); November 12, 2022: At least 326 people including 43 children and 25 women have been killed by security forces in the ongoing nationwide protests.
Iran Human Rights calls on the international community once again to counter the killing of Iranian people with firm and timely action and reiterates the need to establish a mechanism to hold the Islamic Republic authorities accountable for their gross violation of human rights.
Director, Mahmood Amiry-Moghaddam said: “Establishing an international investigation and accountability mechanism by the UN will both facilitate the process of holding the perpetrators accountable in the future and increase the cost of the continuous repression by the Islamic Republic.”
According to information obtained by Iran Human Rights, at least 326 people including 43 children have been killed by security forces in the nationwide protests so far. Of the 43 children, nine were girls and three were Afghan-nationals. The 43 children were all under 18 years of age, but have not all been verified through document evidence. Iran Human Rights is working to obtain confirmation of their ages.
Death Toll by Province
Protesters have been killed in 22 provinces, with the most reported in Sistan and Baluchistan, Tehran, Mazandaran, Kurdistan and Gilan respectively.
Deaths have been recorded in 22 provinces: Sistan and Baluchistan: 123 people; Tehran: 33 people; Mazandaran: 33 people; Kurdistan: 27 people; Gilan: 22 people; Western Azerbaijan: 22 people; Kermanshah: 13 people; Alborz: 12 people; Khuzestan: 5 people; Khorasan-Razavi: 4 people; Isfahan: 4 people; Zanjan: 4 people; Lorestan: 3 people; Markazi: 3 people; Qazvin: 2 people; Kohgiluyeh and Boyer Ahmad: 2 people; East Azerbaijan: 2 people; Ardabil: 2 people; Ilam: 2 people; Hamedan: 2 people; Bushehr: 1 person; Semnan: 1 person.
The most number of deaths were recorded on 21, 22 and 30 September (Baluchistan’s “Bloody Friday”. November 4 was the bloodiest day this month with 16 recorded deaths.
Detainees at risk of heavy sentences
According to official reports, dozens of protesters have been charged with the security-related charges of moharebeh (enmity against god) and efsad-fil-arz (corruption on earth) which carry the death penalty. The Islamic Republic’s history and current evidence indicate that they intend to use the death penalty as a tool of political repression to intimidate their opposition. At least nine protesters have so far been tried for security-related charges and are at risk of hasty executions.
Numbers are a “minimum”
The numbers of deaths published are an absolute minimum. Reports of protester killings in the last few days are still being investigated. Iran Human Rights has received a high volume of reports of deaths which it continues to investigate with internet disruptions. The actual number of people killed therefore, is certainly higher.