Iran: Security Forces Shoot and Kill Protesters
The Associated Press has reported the killing of a protestor in Tehran and injuries to others after gunfire came from a compound used by a volunteer force linked to the Revolutionary Guard, the Basij Militia.
The International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran and Human Rights Watch urged the Iranian authorities to allow peaceful protests to proceed.
“The Ahmadinejad government has a responsibility to stop the use of unlawful force against protestors and to hold accountable those who fired on them with live ammunition,” said Sarah Leah Whitson, Middle East and North Africa director at Human Rights Watch.
Following Friday’s polls, communications within the country have become increasingly curtailed as the government evicts foreign journalists and imposes greater restrictions on domestic reporting. The two organizations called on the Iranian government to allow both domestic and foreign reporters to cover the protests freely.
The two human rights organizations urged the Iranian authorities to abide by the UN Basic Principles on the Use of Force and Firearms by Law Enforcement Officials in policing demonstrations. The principles provide that authorities shall, as far as possible, apply nonviolent means before resorting to the use of force and firearms. Whenever the lawful use of force and firearms is unavoidable, the authorities must use restraint and act in proportion to the seriousness of the offense. The Basic Principles also call for an effective reporting and review process, especially in cases of death and serious injury.
15 June 2009
Source: International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran
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