Iran Murdered 36 Prisoners Over Coronavirus Protest

BERLIN — Security forces for the Islamic Republic of Iran murdered 36 prisoners who rebelled in connection with coronavirus safety.

The human rights organization Amnesty International tweeted on Thursday: “We have learned that around 36 prisoners in Iran are feared to have been killed by security forces after use of lethal force to control protests over COVID19 safety fears. It is abhorrent that Iran’s authorities have again resorted to killing people to silence their concerns.”

In late March, The Jerusalem Post reported that Amnesty urged the head of the Iranian judiciary to release all political prisoners and human rights defenders held in its vast penal system.

The London-based human rights organization requested in a letter to Iran’s judicial chief Ebrahim Raisi that he “immediately and unconditionally release all prisoners of conscience, including human rights defenders and those detained for peacefully taking part in the November 2019 and January 2020 protests.”

Amnesty also pressed Raisi “to urgently consider releasing other prisoners – especially pre-trial detainees and those who may be more at risk from the virus – and take necessary measures to protect the health of all prisoners, including equal access to testing.”

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