June 23, 2023
Cited article by UN News
HRRC is outraged by the executions, torture, arrests, and gender-based violence being carried out by the Iranian government against its people. Iran's President Ebrahim Raisi must end the brutality immediately. Further, the international community must do more to pressure Iran to cease the violence and promote and protect human rights.
In a new report by the United Nations, Iran reached a record number of executions in 2022. According to the findings, 582 people, including three children, were executed by the government last year, a 75% increase from 2021. Additionally, thousands of children were arrested and numerous accounts of torture and ill-treatment by security forces were reported. Another 44 children were killed during protests where law enforcement used lethal force.
Women and girls have been disproportionately targeted following the death of Mahsa Amini in police custody with countless allegations of gender-based violence and rape. The Iranian government also implemented the use of facial-recognition technology to identify and punish women and girls who are caught not wearing their veils. Further, there have been over 1,000 reports of suspected poisoning of children across 91 schools, the majority of them girls.