The Sunday Review

According to reports, Iranian authorities used sexual violence and torture against children imprisoned in prison as part of their crackdown on protests. to Group of rights Amnesty International.

“Iran’s intelligence and security forces have been committing horrific acts of torture, including beatings, flogging, electric shocks, rape and other sexual violence against child protesters as young as 12 to quell their involvement in nationwide protests,” Amnesty Thursday,

Un report from the group “the torture methods that the Revolutionary Guards, the paramilitary Basij, the Public Security Police, and other security and intelligence forces used against boys and girls in custody to punish and humiliate them and to extract forced ‘confessions.’”

Diana Eltahawy, Amnesty International’s Deputy Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa, said Iran’s “violence against children exposes deliberate strategy to crush the vibrant spirit of the country’s youth and stop them from demanding freedom and human rights.”

Amnesty “obtained testimonies from the victims and their families, as well as further testimonies on the widespread commission of torture against scores of children from 19 eyewitnesses, including two lawyers and 17 adult detainees who were held alongside children,” According to the group for human rights.

The protests were first ignited by the death of 22-year-old Iranian Mahsa Amini, who died on September 16, 2022, after being detained by the country’s morality police.

According to Amnesty, Iran has been admitted to detaining more than 22,000 people during the protests, but hasn’t specified how many of those were children. According to the group, thousands of children could be in this list. detainees.

Amnesty Also, it was stated that “state agents used rape and other sexual violence, including electric shocks to genitals, touching genitals, and rape threats as a weapon against child detainees to break their spirits, humiliate and punish them, and/or extract ‘confessions.’”

“Other torture methods recounted include floggings, administering electric shocks using stun guns, the forced administration of unidentified pills, and holding children’s heads underwater,” The Amnesty Additional report.

Amnesty So called Iran to All children held for peaceful protests should be released and the international community urged to do so. to “exercise universal jurisdiction over Iranian officials, including those with command or superior responsibility, reasonably suspected of criminal responsibility for crimes under international law, including the torture of child protesters.”

The Sunday Review reached out to Iran’s government for comment but has not yet had a response, nor has the government yet commented publicly on the report.

The Sunday Review reported in February that there was a large network of clandestine illegal jails or black sites. in Iran.

Methods of torture and repression used in The shadowy network is visible to Even more severe than what protesters in jail can expect from the usual harsh treatment in legal detention sites.

The Sunday Review reached out to Although the Iranian government requested comment about the claims of torture and abuse in these locations unofficial, it has yet to receive one.