Today, Wednesday, 15 September, Amnesty International issued a new press release entitled: “Iran: Perpetuation of Systematic Impunity for Perpetrators of Torture”.
The statement said that the Iranian authorities did not respond to the deaths of at least 72 people who died in Iranian regime detention since January 2010.
Amnesty International confirms that, according to credible reports, these deaths occurred as a result of torture or the lethal use of firearms and tear gas by security personnel.
“Since then, no official or member of the security has been held responsible for these deaths, and this reflects the Iranian regime’s long history of keeping killers unpunished,” the statement added.
Just a few weeks ago, a video was leaked from the notorious Evin prison, providing disturbing evidence of prisoners being beaten, sexually harassed, and other ill-treatment of prisoners at the hands of prison authorities.
The organization was referring to video reports published in recent weeks by an electronic group called “Adala Ali”.
These videos, which were broadcast for the first time by Radio Farda, show the ill-treatment of prisoners, drug smuggling into prisons, clashes between officers, and suicide attempts by prisoners. Adalah Ali’s group says it obtained the photos by hacking Evin Prison’s security cameras.
The new Amnesty International statement continues: “Yesterday’s reports of the death of Yasser Mankouri in suspicious circumstances further reveal how the prevailing environment of impunity encourages security forces to violate the rights of prisoners without fear of repercussions or accountability.”
The statement said: “The latest case is the case of 31-year-old Yasir Mankouri, whose death was announced by officials of the Ministry of Intelligence in Urmia, West Azerbaijan Province, on September 8, 2021. So far, no official has been held accountable for these deaths during arrest and has not been presented. No one to justice.”
“The news of the death of Yasser Manqouri, in suspicious circumstances, once again shows how the climate of impunity has given way to security forces to deny prisoners their right to live without fear of punishment,” said Heba Morayef, Director of Amnesty International’s Middle East and North Africa office.
“The authorities’ systematic refusal to conduct any independent investigation into deaths in custody is a bitter manifestation of the normalization of the arbitrary denial of the right to life by regime officials,” she added.
Amnesty International wrote that it agreed with the UN Special Rapporteur on Iran about the “lack of internal channels to address the massive human rights violations in Iran,” and states that in his last public report in July, the world called for it to play its “important role in ensuring accountability.” “.
Amnesty International, along with nine other human rights organizations, called on member states of the United Nations Human Rights Council to establish an investigation and accountability mechanism to collect evidence and documents relating to the most serious international crimes committed in Iran and to provide the basis for fair criminal trials.
Source: Iran Intel