Iranian security forces have killed at least 378 people, including 47 children when suppressing the protests that began with Mahsa Amini, a human rights group reported.
The Islamic Republic has been gripped by unrest over the death of Mahsa Amini, a young Iranian woman of Kurdish origin. She died on September 16, three days after her arrest for allegedly violating religious requirements for women’s clothing. The protests grew into a broad movement against the theocracy that has ruled Iran since the 1979 revolution.
The death toll has risen by 36 since the Norway-based Iran Human Rights Group released its previous report on Wednesday. At least 123 people were killed in the Sistan-Baluchistan province, on Iran’s southeastern border with Pakistan, 40 in the two provinces of Kurdistan and Tehran, and 39 in West Azerbaijan province.
The rights group warned that the regime had mounted a “campaign of lies” ahead of next week’s UN Human Rights Council meeting. The aim is to attribute the killings of protesters to terrorist groups such as the Islamic State and use this as an excuse for the greater use of live ammunition against civilian demonstrations.