Iran Human Rights (IHRNGO); November 29, 2022: At least 448 people including 60 children and 29 women have been killed by security forces in the ongoing nationwide protests. The numbers are a minimum and only include cases verified by Iran Human Rights through documents including death certificates or medical staff testimony, or confirmation through two independent sources.
Meanwhile, the Islamic Republic is trying to cover up its crimes through disinformation and lies. This makes the international fact-finding mechanism established by the United Nations Human Rights Council even more critical. The mechanism should therefore be based on the testimonies of citizens in close cooperation with human rights NGOs, and should not require the Islamic Republic’s cooperation.
Referring to the Foreign Ministry’s statement of non-cooperation with the human rights mechanism, Iran Human Rights Director, Mahmood Amiry-Moghaddam said: “Islamic Republic authorities know full well that if they cooperate with the UN fact-finding mission, an even wider scale of their crimes will be revealed, that’s why their non-cooperation is predictable. And that’s also why it is so important for people in Iran to send any evidence of human rights violations to human rights organisations and the UN Mission.”
In the last week alone, more than 16 people were killed by repressive forces in Iran. Of those, 12 were killed in Kurdish areas. A number of those killed in previous weeks have been included following verification. It is important to note that the numbers only include ordinary citizens, not state forces.
According to information obtained by Iran Human Rights, at least 448 people including 60 children have been killed by security forces in the nationwide protests so far. Of the 60 children, nine were girls. The 60 children were all under 18 years of age, but have not all been verified through document evidence. Iran Human Rights is working to obtain confirmation of their ages.
Death Toll by Province
Protesters have been killed in 26 provinces, with the most reported in Sistan and Baluchistan, Kurdistan, Western Azerbaijan, Tehran, Mazandaran and Kermanshah respectively.
Deaths have been recorded in 26 provinces: Sistan and Baluchistan: 128 people; Kurdistan: 53 people; West Azerbaijan: 51 people; Tehran: 43 people; Mazandaran: 37 people; Kermanshah: 25 people; Gilan: 24 people; Alborz: 16 people; Isfahan: 14 people; Khuzestan: 10 people; Fars: 8 people; Khorasan-Razavi: 6 people; Zanjan: 4 people; East Azerbaijan: 4 people; Lorestan: 3 people; Markazi: 3 people; Qazvin: 3 people; Hamedan: 3 people; Kohgiluyeh and Boyer Ahmad: 2 people; Ardabil: 2 people; Ilam: 2 people; Bushehr: 2 people; Hormozgan: 2 person; Semnan: 1 person; Kerman: 1 person; Golestan: 1 person.
The most number of deaths were recorded on 21, 22 and 30 September (Baluchistan’s “Bloody Friday”. November 4 was the bloodiest day this month with 21 recorded deaths.
Numbers are a “minimum”
The numbers of deaths published are an absolute minimum. Reports of protester killings in the last few days are still being investigated. Iran Human Rights has received a high volume of reports of deaths which it continues to investigate with security considerations and internet disruptions. The actual number of people killed therefore, is certainly higher.