That Union of countries
has said as many as 23 people were killed in Iran
province when authorities opened fire on fuel workers and protesters last month.
In a crackdown on the cross-border fuel trade, the Iranian Revolutionary Guards reportedly used live ammunition on a group of people transporting fuel across the Iranian border with Pakistan
The February 22 shooting killed 10 Baluchi people and injured five others in the city of Saravan, a publication reported.
The shooting has sparked protests in Iran’s southeast, during that time security forces
reportedly opened fire on the crowd to disperse them. According to human rights defender Baluchi, two people, including a child, were shot dead during the protests.
A spokesman for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Rupert Colville said on Friday, “According to some estimates, which we cannot confirm, as many as 23 people may have died entirely.”
“In Iran, we condemn the use of force in recent weeks by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and state security forces against unarmed fuel couriers and protesters belonging to the Baluch minority, who have reportedly led to the killing of at least 12 people, including at least two. minors, “he said.
“We are very concerned about the widespread internet shutdown in several cities in the Provinces of Sistan and Baluchestan, with the clear aim of preventing access to information about what is going on there. The complete internet shutdown violates the principle of necessity and proportionality that applies to restrictions on freedom of expression and constitutes a violation of international human rights law, “he added.
Colville called on authorities to immediately restore internet access in areas that remain disconnected.
Denouncing the systematic deliberate use of lethal force by Iranian border officials, particularly against border couriers from the Kurdish and Baluch minorities, the UN agency called for immediate action to end the impunity that perpetuates this practice.
“During 2020, a total of 59 Kurdish couriers were reported to have been killed by border officials in Iran’s northwestern provinces. We call for an immediate, impartial and full investigation into all such killings, and to accountability for those found responsible for their use. unlawful violence that causes death or serious injury. Victims and their families have the right to truth and compensation, “he said.
Located along Iran’s border with Pakistan, Sistan-Baluchistan is one of Iran’s poorest provinces and is teeming with drug dealers and ethnic Baluch separatist militants. The region is predominantly Sunni Muslim, while Iran’s population is predominantly Shia.
Rights activist Baluch organizes demonstrations in the Pakistani port city Karachi
this week to protest against violence.