MEK Iran: Suppression of the people continues
The People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI / MEK Iran), and the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), report about the human rights situation in the country. Last month was the first anniversary of the 2019 uprising and it was marked by an increase in suppression and oppressive measures.
In a number of cities across the country, the Iranian regime deployed a huge number of additional security forces. It was done under the pretext of preventing the continued spread of Coronavirus, but its aim was actually to prevent protests and an outpouring of dissent to mark the one year anniversary of last year’s uprising.
Special Representative for Iran Brian Hook: “The @Reuters report on the massacre ordered by @khamenei_ir underscores the urgency for the international community to punish the perpetrators and isolate the regime for the murder of 1,500 Iranian citizens.” https://t.co/TpUncLjDcv
— Department of State (@StateDept) December 23, 2019
While taking such extensive measures to suppress dissent, the regime has failed to take meaningful action with regards to the Coronavirus health crisis that continues to claim the lives of hundreds of people across the country every day, over 175,600 people have died of the coronavirus in Iran, according to reports by the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI / MEK Iran), and the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI). The people are struggling because of the health crisis but the regime has failed to help the people in any way. In fact, the regime is directly responsible for their troubles and challenges.
#Iran Coronavirus Update
More than 175,600 people have died of the novel #coronavirus in 465 cities checkered across all of Iran's 31 provinces, according to the Iranian opposition PMOI/MEK.
— People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) (@Mojahedineng) December 3, 2020
The health crisis is continuing to run rampant because of the regime’s inaction and Iranian human rights organizations and activists warned that the regime would use the outbreak as a pretext to further suppress the people.
During the month of November, a large number of people were arrested, in particular former political prisoners and families of members of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI / MEK Iran). Many more people were summoned by authorities and warned (or threatened) not to partake in any anniversary celebrations.
Executions continue in Iran and there have been many inhumane death sentences issued to political prisoners. There were at least eight executions during the month of November.
Worrying news about the fate of Iranian-Swedish specialists in emergency medicine Ahmad-Reza Jalali was also revealed. He was transferred to solitary confinement in Evin prison on 24th November and he is awaiting execution.
— Javad Dabiran (@JavadDabiran) November 25, 2020
More Iranians were killed by the regime, with at least 10 people – civilians and ordinary citizens – being targeted by state security forces. Two people were killed by security forces in Sistan and Baluchistan at the end of last month. One was shot at point-blank range and died two days after sustaining his injuries. Another was shot and killed by the Hirmand border patrols on 23rd November.
Iran Human rights organizations and activists, as well as the Iranian Resistance, (NCRI) and (PMOI / MEK Iran), call on the United Nations Secretary-General, the Human Rights Council, the High Commissioner for Human Rights, the UN Special Rapporteurs, and all human rights organizations to act immediately to ensure the lives of the people of Iran are protected, in particular, political prisoners who should be released immediately, at least until the end of the Coronavirus health crisis.
They also call for an international commission to be set up to establish the conditions that prisoners across the country are being held in. Failure to act could result in a humanitarian catastrophe.
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