Iran Protests: at Least 416 People Including 51 Children Killed/Islamic Republic Commits Crimes Against Humanity

Nov. 22, 2022, 1:41 p.m.

Iran Human Rights (IHRNGO); November 22, 2022: At least 416 people including 51 children and 27 women have been killed by security forces in the ongoing nationwide protests.

Recalling the mass killing of people, particularly in Kurdish cities in recent days and in Sistan and Baluchistan on September 30, Iran Human Rights calls on the international community to investigate them as crimes against humanity.

In the last week alone, more than 72 people were killed by repressive forces in Iran. Of those, 56 people were killed in Kurdish areas.

Iran Human Rights Director, Mahmood Amiry-Moghaddam said: “In addition to the crime of using war bullets against protesters across the country, the Iranian authorities have also systematically and disproportionately killed defenceless people in the Baluch and Kurdish ethnic regions. This amounts to crimes against humanity which the international community has a duty to take action to prevent its continuation.”

According to information obtained by Iran Human Rights, at least 416 people including 51 children have been killed by security forces in the nationwide protests so far. Of the 51 children, nine were girls. The 51 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 25 provinces, with the most reported in Sistan and Baluchistan, Kurdistan, Western Azerbaijan, Tehran, Mazandaran and Gilan respectively.

Deaths have been recorded in 25 provinces: Sistan and Baluchistan: 126 people; Kurdistan: 48 people; West Azerbaijan: 45 people;  Tehran: 40 people; Mazandaran: 35 people;  Gilan: 24 people; Kermanshah: 23 people; Alborz: 15 people; Isfahan: 11 people; Khuzestan: 10 people; Khorasan-Razavi: 5 people;  Zanjan: 4 people; East Azerbaijan: 4 people; Lorestan: 3 people; Markazi: 3 people; Qazvin: 3 people; Kohgiluyeh and Boyer Ahmad: 2 people; Ardabil: 2 people; Ilam: 2 people;  Hamedan: 2 people; Bushehr: 2 people; Fars: 2 people; Hormozgan: 2 person; Semnan: 1 person; Kerman: 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 21 recorded deaths.

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 security considerations and internet disruptions. The actual number of people killed therefore, is certainly higher.