Iran: The death of Mahsa Amini must be investigated

23.09.22

The Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR) calls for a thorough, independent, impartial, and transparent investigation into the death of 22-year-old woman Mahsa Amini, also known as Jina Amini or Zhina Amini, whilst she was visiting the capital Tehran with her family who are from Saqqez in Iran's western Kurdistan region.

On 16 September 2022, Amini died in Tehran under suspicious circumstances, potentially due to police brutality.

On 13 September 2022, she was arrested by the morality police for wearing an “improper hijab” and transferred by a police van to Vozara detention centre in Tehran. According to local news reports, she was taken to the hospital in a coma approximately  two hours after her detention.

In an interview, her father, Amjad Amini, said her 17-year-old brother, Kiarash, who was present at her arrest and detention, was told that she had been beaten in police custody. Her father also confirmed that he had not been allowed to view his daughter's autopsy report and denied that she suffered from ill-health. He added that witnesses had told the family that she was beaten.

In a joint statement released on 22 September 2022, UN experts stated, “We strongly condemn the use of physical violence against women and the denial of fundamental human dignity when enforcing compulsory hijab policies ordained by State authorities. We call on the Iranian authorities to hold an independent, impartial, and prompt investigation into Ms Amini’s death, make the findings of the investigation public and hold all perpetrators accountable.”

Protests continued in various cities across Iran, including Tehran, against the backdrop of the tragic death of Amini after her detention by the police. There were local reports of the killing of a number of protesters and members of the security forces and the authorities shutting down the internet completely in order to control these protests.