The UN says it must “immediately” investigate Amini’s death and allegations of torture, but Iranian police deny she was beaten.
The United Nations has called for an independent inquiry into the death of Martha Amini, an Iranian woman detained by Iran’s moral police, but authorities deny claims she was beaten or abused.
“The tragic death of Mahsa Amini and allegations of torture and ill-treatment must be investigated promptly, impartially and effectively by independent competent authorities,” Acting United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Nada Al-Nassif said on Tuesday. ‘ said.
Amini’s death sparked widespread protests across the country, including in the capital Tehran, where demonstrators chanted slogans against the government and clashed with police. -e calls for the dissolution of the Morality Police, known as the Ershad or Islamic Guidance Patrol.
According to the United Nations Office for Human Rights, Iran’s morality police have expanded patrols in recent months, targeting women who are not wearing the hijab properly, a scarf worn by some Muslim women.
The European Union’s spokesman for external affairs said the incident that led to Amini’s death was “unacceptable” and that “the perpetrators of this killing must be held accountable.”
— Peter Stano (@ExtSpoxEU) September 19, 2022
Amini was detained on September 13 and taken to a “guidance center” where she collapsed and died three days later. Iranian police have denied mistreating Amini and said he died of a heart attack. Authorities say they are investigating the incident.
Protests erupted across the country after her funeral, with police firing tear gas to disperse demonstrators on Saturday and Sunday. Al Jazeera was unable to independently verify her report.
A news website affiliated with state television said 22 people had been arrested during protests in the northern city of Rasht.
The Iranian government did not immediately comment on the statement, but had previously criticized the work of UN investigators investigating rights issues in the country.
“I should be alive”
The US also condemned her death and called on Iran to end its “systematic persecution” of women.
Secretary of State Antony Brinken said on social media that Amini “should still be alive today.”
“Instead, the people of the United States and Iran are mourning her. We call on the Iranian government to end the systematic persecution of women and allow peaceful protests,” he said. Tweeted.
Masa Amini should still be alive today. Instead, the people of the United States and Iran will mourn her. We call on the Iranian government to end the systematic persecution of women and allow peaceful protests. #mahia
— Secretary Anthony Blinken (@SecBlinken) September 20, 2022
Blinken’s comments come amid tense negotiations between the United States and Iran to revive the 2015 nuclear deal, which was unilaterally withdrawn by former President Donald Trump in 2018.
Iranian police released closed-circuit video footage last week that allegedly shows the moment Amini collapses. However, her family says she had no history of heart disease.
Her father, Amjad Amini, told the Iranian news website that witnesses saw her being pushed into a police car.
“Requested access to [videos] There was no response from the cameras in the car or in the courtyard of the police station,” he said. He also accused police of not transferring her to a hospital sooner, saying she could have been resuscitated.
Amini’s father said he was not allowed to see the body when he arrived at the hospital, but he did manage to get a glimpse of the bruise on her leg.
Authorities then pressured him to bury her at night, apparently to reduce the chance of protests. Amini, who was Kurdish, was buried Saturday in his hometown of Saqez in western Iran.
Local actors, footballers, politicians and other celebrities have expressed their emotions and anger in interviews with local and social media outlets, as well as internationally known figures including JK Rowling.