Iran: an association calls on the ICC to investigate the "widespread attack" against civilians

An association has called on the International Criminal Court to investigate the "widespread attack" against civilians in Iran since the death on September 16, 2022 of Mahsa Amini, accusing Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi of "crimes against humanity".

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The French association Femme Azadi has filed "a communication" with the Office of the Prosecutor of the ICC, which has the value of reporting to justice, explained Wednesday to AFP his lawyer, Emmanuel Daoud. In parallel, the association also sent a letter to the UN Security Council asking it to refer the case to the prosecutor of the court.


If the UN Security Council assumes its responsibilities by "seizing" the ICC with the Iranian situation, it will be able to use the elements provided by our communication to gather evidence. It is a legal act," Daoud said.

A year ago, Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old Iranian Kurd, died in Tehran after being arrested by morality police for allegedly violating the strict dress code imposed on women.

The ensuing protests lost momentum after several months, with a crackdown that saw 551 protesters including 68 children and 49 women killed by security forces, according to the NGO Iran Human Rights (IHR), and more than 22,000 arrested, according to Amnesty International. Seven men were also executed for charges related to the protests.


These acts of rare violence are neither isolated nor fortuitous, since they were meticulously organized with the aim of silencing the demonstrators. ", denounced the association, which targets several offenses: crimes against humanity, murder, imprisonment, torture, sexual violence and persecution.

The document, seen by AFP, lists the positions held by President Ebrahim Raisi. Its beginnings date back to the "Committee of Death", the sad nickname given to the committee which, in Tehran, decided in 1988 which prisoners should be executed.

On Saturday, for the first anniversary of Masha Amini's death, Ebrahim Raissi, 62, chose to meet families of security forces killed during the protest.

This report to the ICC comes as a bill was voted Wednesday in Iran to toughen penalties, up to prison, against women who refuse to wear the veil.

(with AFP)

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