In Brief: At least 133 people killed in Iranian protests over Mahsa Amini death

Ebrahim Raisi > Mehr News Agency, CC BY 4.0 via Wikimedia Commons

At least 92 people have been killed nationwide in Iran’s crackdown on two weeks of protests that have emerged in the wake of the death of Mahsa Amini, who had been arrested by the regime’s morality police, according to Norway-based Iran Human Rights (IHR) NGO.

A further 41 people have been killed separately by the Iranian security forces in clashes that erupted last week in the city of Zahedan in the southeastern province of Sistan-Baluchistan.

“The killing of protestors in Iran, especially in Zahedan, amounts to crimes against humanity”, said IHR director Mahmood Amiry-Moghaddam.

“The international community has a duty to investigate this crime and prevent further crimes from being committed by the Islamic Republic”, he added.

The unrest in Sistan-Baluchistan is thought to have been prompted by accusations that a local police chief had raped a 15-year-old girl from the Sunni Baluch minority.

Accounts posted on social media at the time claims that dozens of people were killed in Zahedan on Friday, while images showed overwhelmed hospitals and bloody corpses.

Activists have over the last months highlighted that Baluch convicts were being executed in disproportionate numbers as hangings surged in the Islamic Republic.

Iran says that five members of the Revolutionary Guards were killed in Zahedan in what state media called a “terrorist incident”.