Authorities’ Friday announcement that Mahsa Amini had passed away in the hospital after three days in a coma as a result of her arrest by Tehran’s morality police on September 13. The UN condemned Mahsa Amini’s death in custody on Tuesday after she was arrested by Iran’s “morality police” and the brutal suppression of her death-related protests, calling for an impartial investigation.
Acting UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Nada Al-Nashif expressed his disappointments over the Mahsa Amini death in custody.
UN Condemn Mahsa Amini Death
The police division is in charge of upholding Iran’s strict dress code for women, which includes the requirement that they cover their heads in public. According to the Fars and Tasnim news agencies, protests were conducted throughout Tehran, mainly at universities, and the second city, Mashhad.
The UN statement stated that the 22-year-old had reportedly been “beaten on the head with a baton and her head banged on the vehicle by the so-called morality police.” According to the other officials, she passed away naturally.
“Mahsa Amini’s tragic death and allegations of torture and ill-treatment must be promptly, impartially and effectively investigated by an independent competent authority, that ensures, in particular, that her family has access to justice and truth,” Al-Nashif reportedly said in the statement.
The large protests that broke out in response to Amini’s death, according to UN rights office spokeswoman Ravina Shamdasani, were reportedly met by Iranian security forces using live ammunition. It was known that up to five persons had died during the crackdown, she claimed.
Al-Nashif expressed concern in her remark on Iran’s rules requiring women to wear hijabs in public, which carries a prison sentence as a penalty.
The acting UN rights director demanded the abolition of all discriminatory laws and practises that mandate the hijab and stated, “The authorities must stop targeting, harassing, and detaining women who do not abide by the mandatory hijab.”
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