A senior UN official on Tuesday requested an impartial probe into the death of an Iranian lady detained by the nation’s morality police.
The woman’s death sparked protests around the nation, including in Tehran, the nation’s capital, where people shouted anti-government slogans and fought with police.
Following demonstrations against the controversial “morality police” over the death of a young woman they had detained, an Iranian politician took a rare statement on Tuesday, criticizing them, according to local media.
As a result of Mahsa Amini’s detention by the police division in charge of enforcing Iran’s stringent dress code for women, which includes the wearing of the headscarf in public, the public’s ire has intensified since officials announced her death on Friday.
According to parliamentarian Jalal Rashidi Koochi, “Gasht-e Ershad is wrong because it has had no results other than loss and damage for the country,” and “the main problem is that some people resist accepting the truth.”
Koochi questioned the effectiveness of the existing enforcement strategy for people who violate clothing codes.
“Do the people who are taken to these explanatory classes by the Guidance Patrol become conscious and repent when they come out?” Koochi said, ISNA reported.
Her execution was also criticized by the United States, which is attempting to restore the 2015 nuclear agreement with Iran, and the Islamic Republic was urged to stop its “systemic persecution” of women.
The Iranian morality police have reportedly increased their patrols in recent months, focusing on women for improperly donning the Islamic headscarf, known as the hijab, according to the UN Human Rights Office. Verified videos, according to the report, show women being assaulted with batons, slapped in the face, and hauled into police vans for draping their heads in the hijab too loosely.
Last Tuesday, a similar patrol detained Mahsa Amini, age 22, and brought her to a police station where she passed out. 3 days later, she passed away. Amini was killed of a heart attack, according to Iranian authorities, who have denied mistreating her. The event is being looked into, according to the authorities.
“Mahsa Amini’s tragic death and allegations of torture and ill-treatment must be promptly, impartially and effectively investigated by an independent, competent authority,” said Nada Al-Nashif, the acting UN high Commissioner for Human Rights.
Although the Iranian government has previously criticized the work of UN investigators looking into rights issues in the nation, it did not immediately respond to the statement.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken meanwhile said Amini “should be alive today.”
“Instead, the United States and the Iranian people mourn her. We call on the Iranian government to end its systemic persecution of women and to allow peaceful protest,” he tweeted.
Last Monday, Iranian authorities made closed-circuit video footage public that they said captured the moment Amini passed out. Her family asserts that she has no prior history of heart issues.
Her father, Amjad Amini, claimed that witnesses observed her being pushed into a police car.
“I asked for access to (videos) from cameras inside the car as well as courtyard of the police station, but they gave no answer,” he said.
Additionally, he said that she may have been revived and that the cops failed to take her to the hospital in a timely manner.
He claimed that despite being denied access to the body when he got at the hospital, he was able to see the damage on her foot.
Authorities then forced him to bury her at night, ostensibly to lessen the possibility of protests, but according to Amini, the family persuaded them to let them bury her at 8 a.m.
Kurdish Amini was laid to rest on Saturday in her hometown of Saqez in western Iran. After her funeral, protests broke out there, and on Saturday and Sunday, police used tear gas to disperse the crowd. A number of demonstrators were detained.
On Monday, the demonstrations moved to Tehran and other cities. The first official confirmation of arrests connected to the protests came from a news website associated with state TV, which reported that 22 individuals were detained during a protest in the northern city of Rasht.
On Monday, state TV aired footage of the demonstrations, which included pictures of two police cars with their windows broken. It said that in addition to burning Iranian flags in Tehran and Kurdish neighborhoods, the demonstrators also set ablaze two motorcycles.
The state-run television accused exiled opposition parties and other nations of inciting the turmoil by using Amini’s death as justification for additional economic restrictions.
Iran has experienced waves of unrest in recent years, mostly in response to a protracted economic crisis that has been made worse by Western sanctions related to the nation’s nuclear program. The protests have been put down by force thanks to the authorities.