Paris condemns the “violent repression” of demonstrations in Iran

Paris condemns the “violent repression” of demonstrations in Iran

Paris on Monday announced “its strongest condemnation of the Iranian security apparatus’ violent repression of demonstrations” in Iran following the death of young Mahsa Amini after her arrest by vice squads.

“This brutal repression has already led to the deaths of several dozen demonstrators in recent days,” the French Foreign Ministry said in a press release, specifying that France is examining with its European partners “the available options to respond to new massive violations of the Women’s and human rights in Iran”.

1,200 arrests, 41 dead

Over 1,200 Protesters were arrested in the Islamic Republic, authorities said on Monday, the 10th day of late-night protests over the 22-year-old’s death. At least 41 people were killed by protesters and police, according to an official report. The NGO Iran Human Rights (IHR) reports that “at least 76 people died in the demonstrations”.

Mahsa Amini was arrested while observing a very strict dress code for women, specifically the wearing of the Islamic veil. With the convocation of the Iranian ambassador by Germany on Monday, tensions between Tehran and the West are increasing. The day before, the European Union had denounced “the disproportionate use of force” by the Iranian authorities, while Tehran had summoned the ambassadors of the United Kingdom and Norway.

“Stop this brutal oppression”

France condemns all acts of violence, arbitrary arrests and detentions (…) and the blatant violations of women’s rights and freedom of expression through the blocking of information sites and social networks” and the arrests “of journalists in the exercise of their profession”, stressed the Quai d ‘Orsay.

It calls on “Iran to end this brutal repression, to fully comply with its international human rights obligations (…) and to guarantee freedom of assembly and association as well as freedom of opinion and expression, especially on the internet”.


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