The Norway-based Iran Human Rights NGO (IHRNGO) group has claimed that Iranian security forces have killed at least 326 people since the nationwide protests began two months ago, including 43 children and 25 children, CNN reported. Women are involved, the group said in one of its updates on Saturday. The death toll varies by opposition groups, international rights organizations and journalists tracking the ongoing protests.
Iran is facing one of its biggest and most unprecedented displays of discontent following the death of 22-year-old Kurdish Iranian woman Mahsa Amini. Amini was detained by the ethics police for allegedly not wearing the hijab properly where she died. CNN reported that public anger over his death has added to a series of complaints against the Islamic Republic’s repressive regime for fueling the demonstrations, calling on the country’s judiciary by lawmakers to “show no leniency” to protesters. continues despite the request.
Despite threats of arrest – and harsh punishment for those involved – Iranian celebrities and athletes have stepped forward in recent weeks to support anti-government protests. IHRNGO has urged the international community to take “firm and timely action” on the rising deaths and reiterated the need to establish a mechanism to “hold the Islamic Republic’s authorities accountable for gross human rights violations”.
Mahmoud Amiri-Moghaddam, director of the IHRNGO, said: “The establishment of an international investigation and accountability mechanism by the United Nations will facilitate the process of holding criminals accountable in the future and increase the cost of continued repression by the Islamic Republic.” According to IHRNGO, since the protests began, 22 provinces have recorded deaths. Most were reported in Sistan and Balochistan, Tehran, Mazandaran, Kurdistan and Gilan provinces.