Amnesty International addresses a decade of impunity for violation of human rights by the Iran regime.
” Iran: A decade of deaths in custody unpunished amid systemic impunity for torture” is a report published by Amnesty International on deaths under torture and the impunity of their perpetrators over the past decade.
The human rights center of “No to Prison- No to Execution: Amnesty International published a detailed report on Wednesday, September 15, 2021, entitled ” Iran: A decade of deaths in custody unpunished amid systemic impunity for torture”, addressing a decade of crimes and the killing of prisoners under torture by Iran’s rulers. Crimes that have remained unpunished by the continuation of the organized impunity of the perpetrators.
Amnesty International published a list of at least 72 people killed under torture in 42 prisons and 16 provinces during a period of ten years starting January 2010.
At least 72 people die while in detention in 42 prisons and 16 provinces over 10 years
Following yesterday’s news about another suspicious death (Yasser Mangori) while in custody, Amnesty International said that the Iranian authorities have refused to take responsibility and accountability for the deaths while in custody of at least 72 people since January 2010. The lack of accountability has continued as, according to credible reports, these people under detention have died of torture, other ill-treatment or deadly use of firearms and tear gas by the authorities.
According to Amnesty International’s findings, which are based on previous research and documentation, as well as a comprehensive review of credible reports by other human rights groups, at least 72 deaths have occurred in 42 prisons and detention centers in 16 provinces across the country since January 2010.
The most recent recorded case was related to Yasser Mangori, 31, whose death was reported to his family by Intelligence Ministry officials in Orumieh, West Azerbaijan province, on September 8, 2021.
To date, not a single official has been forced to respond to these deaths in detention and has not been brought to justice, reflecting the longstanding crisis of impunity in Iran, a crisis that has left complaints of torture and killing by government agents constantly unpunished. Just a few weeks ago, video footages leaked from the notorious Evin prison, which provided painful evidence of beatings, sexual harassment and other mistreatment of prisoners by prison authorities.
“Yesterday’s reports of the death of Yaser Mangouri in suspicious circumstances further exposes how the prevailing climate of impunity further emboldens security forces to violate prisoners’ right to life without any fear of consequence or accountability,” said Heba MorayeF, Middle East and North Africa Regional Director at Amnesty International. “The authorities’ systemic refusal to conduct any independent investigations into these deaths in custody is a grim reflection of the normalization of the arbitrary deprivation of life by state authorities.” “Ensuring respect for people’s right to life requires that officials suspected of torturing prisoners to death are criminally investigated, and if enough admissible evidence against them is found, prosecuted. Lack of investigations constitutes in and of itself a violation of the right to life.”
Amnesty International has published a list of the names of those who died while in detention, along with their reported age, date and place of death. Dozens of deaths in custody believed to be linked to medical deprivation are not included in the list, and Amnesty International is investigating these types of deaths while in custody.
Amnesty International shares the serious concerns of the UN Special Rapporteur on Iran regarding “the absence of domestic remedies … for gross human rights violations in the Islamic Republic of Iran” and echoes the latest call in his July 2021 report on the international community to fulfil its “important role in ensuring accountability.”
Amnesty International together with nine other human rights organizations have urged member states of the UN Human Rights Council to establish an investigative and accountability mechanism to collect, preserve and analyze evidence of the most serious crimes under international law committed in Iran to facilitate fair criminal proceedings.
Amnesty International also gives out statistics as:
Of the 46 deaths in custody involving reports of physical torture or other ill-treatment, at least 36 took place during the preliminary investigation stage. The majority (28) died in custody within a few days of their arrest and detention. One died immediately after arrest and before even being transferred to a detention center.
According to information compiled by Amnesty International, at least nine people died in facilities run by the investigation unit of Iran’s police (Agahi), 11 in facilities run by the ministry of intelligence, two in facilities run by regular city police, two in facilities run by border or immigration guards, and one person each in facilities run by Iran’s Cyber Police (FATA) and the Revolutionary Guards, respectively.
Amnesty International has documented in its former reports how law enforcement and security officers in Iran routinely subject men, women and children behind bars to torture and other cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment, including flogging, electric shocks, show executions, inducing a sense of choking with water, sexual harassment, hanging, forced injection of chemicals, and intentional deprivation of medical care.