Mother of dead Iranian schoolgirl accuses authorities of murder

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The parent of an Iranian teen who died aft joining protests implicit Mahsa Amini’s decease has accused the authorities of murdering her girl and pressuring her into saying that her decease was a suicide, caused by jumping from the extortion of a building.

In a video sent connected Thursday to Radio Farda, a US-funded media outlet, Nasrin Shahkarami said she was nether unit to springiness a mendacious connection astir the decease of 16-year-old Nika, who went missing connected 20 September aft leaving to articulation an anti-hijab protestation successful Tehran.

Protests erupted crossed Iran implicit the decease of Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old Kurd, aft her apprehension by the morality constabulary successful Tehran for allegedly breaching the Islamic republic’s strict formal codification for women.

The standard of the Iranian authorities crackdown connected the protests is lone present becoming clear, with quality rights groups saying much than 1,200 radical person been arrested astatine thoroughfare demonstrations, including 92 picked up successful preventive raids by the information services. Amnesty International enactment the decease toll of a information services shooting past Friday successful Zahedan, Balochistan province, astatine 87, considerably higher than before. As protests dice down for now, the Iranian nationalist constabulary claimed 1,200 of its officers had been injured.

The mean property of those killed successful the demonstrations is 20, according to quality rights groups.

Nika Shahkarami’s decease has go astir arsenic totemic arsenic that of Amini herself, with photographs of her circulating connected the internet, and conflicting accounts provided by the household and the authorities arsenic to however she died.

After going to instrumentality portion successful the protests connected on 20 September, according to her family, successful the past telephone call, she said that she was moving from the information forces.

Nika’s household accidental her assemblage was stolen by the information forces and lone returned to her household connected 1 October, 10 days aft she went missing. Her household had planned to hide her successful the occidental metropolis of Khorramabad connected what would person been her 17th birthday, her aunt Atash Shahkarami wrote connected societal media. Instead, the information services buried her successful her father’s colony without seeking the family’s permission, it is claimed.

Though they were prevented from seeing her body, Nika’s parent and aunt saw her chemoreceptor had been smashed and her caput injured. In the authoritative decease certificate, circulating online, her origin of decease has been cited arsenic “multiple blows caused by a hard object”.

Nika’s aunt and uncle were aboriginal arrested, and connected Wednesday nighttime the aunt appeared connected authorities tv saying Nika had been “thrown” from a multi-storey building, adjacent to her ain house, an mentation home government-aligned media supported connected Wednesday nighttime by broadcasting CCTV pictures of her precocious astatine nighttime entering a semi-disused gathering connected the nighttime of the protests. Tehran officials said determination were nary slug marks connected her body.

The authorities media suggested she fell from the rooftop, and her container was recovered connected the roof. It remains contested arsenic to why, if her assemblage was discovered successful the thoroughfare successful the morning, it was not imaginable to place her assemblage much quickly, interaction her household oregon fto her household spot the body.

But Nika’s mother, Nasrin, claimed successful a video posted online that her sister Atash “had been forced to marque the confessions and broadcast them”.

“We expected them to accidental immoderate they wanted to exonerate themselves... and they person successful information implicated themselves,” said Nasrin Shahkarami.

“I astir apt don’t request to effort that hard to beryllium they’re lying... my girl was killed successful the protests connected the aforesaid time that she disappeared.”

The parent said a forensic study recovered that she had been “killed connected that date, and owed to repeated blunt unit trauma to the head”.

“I saw my daughter’s assemblage myself... The backmost of her caput showed she had suffered a precise terrible stroke arsenic her skull had caved in. That’s however she was killed.”

Nasrin Shahkarami said the authorities had tried to telephone her respective times but she has refused to answer.

“But they person called others, my uncles, others, saying that if Nika’s parent does not travel guardant and accidental the things we want, fundamentally confess to the script that we privation and person created, past we volition bash this and that, and endanger me.”

Oslo-based radical Iran Human Rights (IHR) connected Thursday said it inactive held the Islamic republic liable for Nika’s death.

It said: “Given the Islamic Republic’s agelong past of concealing, lying and manipulating evidence, Iran Human Rights rejects the authoritative relationship of Nika’s decease owed to the contradictions and flaws, and holds the Iran [republic] liable for her murder.”

The director, Mahmood Amiry-Moghaddam, said: “The grounds points to the government’s relation successful Nika Shakarami’s murder; unless the other is proved by an autarkic fact-finding ngo nether the supervision of the United Nations.

“Until specified a committee is formed, the work for Nika’s murder, similar the different victims of the existent protests, rests with Ali Khamenei and the forces nether his command.”

Hadi Ghaemi, the enforcement manager of the Center for Human Rights successful Iran (CHRI), said: “Iran’s prisons were already filled with governmental prisoners, and present the prisons and detention centres are swelled with protesters arsenic the authorities determination to crush the societal outcry implicit the government’s repression and brutality.”

He added: “We are profoundly acrophobic astir the imaginable for gross quality rights violations, including torture and killings which we saw during the protests of 2019 and 2009.

“World leaders and UN officials indispensable urgently telephone for the merchandise of governmental prisoners successful Iran, and the contiguous cessation of arbitrary arrests and authorities unit against protesters, students and members of civilian society.”