Middle East

UN says it has evidence that Iran was ‘shooting to kill’ protesters

In a statement on Friday, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet said she was alarmed by "the continuing lack of transparency about casualties and the treatment of thousands of detainees" during the recent wave of protests in Iran. Bachelet said "prompt, independent and impartial investigations" into all possible violations needed to be undertaken, "including the killing of protesters."Iranians took to the streets in mid-November, shortly after the government announced an increase in fuel prices by as much as 300%. The exact death toll in the protests remains unclear as the government has withheld these numbers.The UN Human Rights Office said it had information suggesting that at least 208 people were killed, including 13 women and 12 children. It said at least 7,000 have reportedly been arrested across the country. The government imposed a nationwide internet shutdown for over a week. "Verified video footage indicates severe violence was used against protesters, including armed members of security forces shooting from the roof of a justice department building in one city, and from helicopters in another," Bachelet said.Bachelet said her office had received footage appearing to show security forces shooting unarmed demonstratoRead More – Source