Iran Torture in Public – parading and humiliating detainees in the streets

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Ebrahim Raisi

Ebrahim Raisi

IRGC – Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps

IRGC – Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps

The State Security Force agents have been parading young people in the streets of Iran over the past weeks, humiliating and torturing them psychologically in the open.

This inhuman treatment aimed at terrorizing the public violates the international law and all principles of human rights.

People have posted videos of such inhuman treatment of young people in the streets of Iran. The videos show SSF agents surrounding a young man start beating him in public.

Such criminal measures have outraged Iranian citizens. Social media users expressed their abhorrence at these humiliating treatment.

Security forces arrest these young men under the pretext of dealing with “thugs and hooligans.” These young men do not stand any trial before being paraded around the city, and being brutalized and humiliated in front of the public by hooded agents.

The humiliating “parades” follow the regime’s repressive plans to station IRGC hit squads in all streets and neighborhoods.

Hossein Rahimi, Tehran’s Police Chief, declared on September 17, 2020, that they will deal harshly with detainees, whom he described as “thugs and hooligans.” He reiterated, “We will break their neck and deal with them in the harshest manner according to the law.”

On October 5, 2020, Hossein Ashtari, Commander of the State Security Force (SSF), announced: “The State Security Force will deal decisively with anyone who disrupts public order and security. This is some sort of worship.”

On the same day, the notorious Chief of Judiciary, Ebrahim Raisi, told the Supreme Council of the Judiciary, “Deal decisively with villains, thieves and robbers. Prosecutors should cooperate as in the past. There should be no legal leniency towards villains.”

In this way, the highest officials of the Judiciary and the State Security Force officially sanctioned torture of detainees through humiliation, brutalization, insults and violent treatment, in the streets and in front of the public.

On September 17, 2020, SSF agents paraded several detainees in Tehranpars district of the capital, Tehran.

The Young Journalists’ Club called this “the Police’s Plan to deal with thugs and hooligans.” The YJC wrote that “a number of the accused detainees were paraded in these districts.”

Another incident was carried out on October 1, 2020, in the city of Rasht, capital of the northern Gilan Province. The SSF agents paraded a number of young men arrested during a fight at Pour-Sina Hospital. They brutalized and humiliated the men in public.

Another incident was carried out on October 1, 2020, in the city of Rasht, capital of the northern Gilan Province. The SSF agents paraded a number of young men arrested during a fight at Pour-Sina Hospital. They brutalized and humiliated the men in public.

In another example on October 6, 2020, a detainee accused of stealing mobile phones was brutalized in public in Moshirieh district of Tehran. He was beaten and hit by a hooded agent dressed in black.

ISNA news agency set up a photo gallery in August of three persons who had been paraded in Mehrabad District of Tehran. The young men were accused of engaging in a brawl and creating insecurity in Shamshiri neighborhood of Mehrabad. The Security Police arrested them.”

Humiliation and violation of human dignity of citizens, whether they are accused or convicted by law, runs contrary to humanitarian principles. The State Security Force, however, continues to parade Iranian citizens in public.

These measures by the Iranian regime are intended to create fear among people and terrorize the society.

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