The Sunday Review
The United Nations children’s agency, UNICEF, said it remains deeply concerned by reports of children being killed, injured, and detained in Iran, it said in A statement was issued Friday, which stated that the reported deaths Anti-government activities for children protests “must stop.”
An “estimated 50 children have reportedly lost their lives in the public unrest in Iran,” UNICEF in The statement.
This is as The unrest in Iran has been in Iran for more than two years. In the face of increasing calls by activists and protesters online to UNICEF and Amnesty International to act on human rights violations committed against children flying, Iran has not stopped. in Iran.
Many people tell The Sunday Review they feel that their voices are not being heard. “They just say, hey, Islamic Republic, what are you doing is bad,” One protester in Iran informed The Sunday Review. “Yes, everybody knows it’s bad. Three-year-old children know it’s bad, but we need actual action. Do something. I don’t know. I believe they know better than us what they can do.”
“In Iran, UNICEF remains deeply concerned by reports of children being killed, injured, and detained,” the statement read, citing the death of a young boy named Kian Pirfalak, one of seven people killed during Wednesday’s protests in Izeh, a city in the southwest. “This is terrifying and must stop,” The company was also added.
UNICEF reported Pirfalak’s age as 10-years-old. Iranian state media reported that he was 10 years old. as nine.
The child was travelling. in His mother revealed to state media that her son was driving a car Wednesday night with his family, when he was fatally shot and his father sustained injuries by gunfire. in Interview with Tasnim on Friday
According to Iran’s state-aligned news agency ISNA, protesters set a seminary on fire around the same time as People were shot and killed in Izeh in What state media outlets call it a “terror attack.”
Activists accuse the Iranian regime for killing Kian and other human rights activists in Izeh.
The Islamic Republic is currently facing one of the most extreme and unprecedented displays of dissent in Recent history following Mahsa’s death. A 22-year-old Kurdish Iranian girl was taken into custody by the morality police for allegedly not wearing her hijab properly.
According to an Iranian human rights organization, at least 378 people were killed in protests since the beginning. as the country’s Supreme Leader issued a warning that the protest movement is “doomed to failure.”
Iran Human Rights released the death toll on Saturday and said that 47 children were killed by security forces.
The Sunday Review cannot independently verify arrest figures, death tolls, and many of the accounts of those killed due to the Iranian government’s suppression of independent media, and internet shutdowns which decrease transparency in Reporting on the ground. Media cannot access the government directly for information on such cases unless they are reporting on the state media, which is the mouthpiece government.
Video shared by 1500 Tasvir and other activists showed a large crowd gathering for Pirfalak’s funeral in His hometown in Izeh Friday.
Surrounded by mourners, his mother Zeynab Molaeirad is heard singing a children’s song, replacing the lyrics with words against Ayatollah Khamenei and the regime. A video posted on social media shows her sharing new details about his tragic incident.
“Hear it from my mouth what really happened to Kian,” She spoke to the crowd. “So the regime doesn’t lie and say it was a terrorist.”
Molaeirad was on a family trip with her family in The street people shouted at the car to stop and said that the mother told her son not to be worried.
“Kian said: ‘Baba trust the police for once and turn around, they are looking out for us,’” She spoke.
His mother stated that his father did a U turn and drove towards police. But “because the car windows were rolled up, the police thought we may have wanted to shoot at them,” She spoke.
“They opened a barrage of fire on the car.”
Kian’s mother also posted a photo with her son in This is her Instagram post. “My broken flower. Curse on the Islamic Republic,” She wrote.
Human rights groups have accused Iranian authorities of scaring victims’ families to silence. Iranian authorities are “systematically harassing and intimidating victims’ families to hide the truth” They are deaths, as Amnesty International’s Heba Morayef said in A recent report.
Friday, the United Nations declared that it was “deeply worried about growing violence related to the ongoing popular protests in Iran,” Farhan Haq, UN Secretary General’s deputy spokesperson.
“We condemn all incidents that have resulted in death or serious injury, including the shooting in the city of Izeh on 16 November 2022. We are also concerned about the reported issuance of death sentences against five unnamed individuals in the context of the latest protests,” Haq stated.
Haq appealed to Iran authorities to respect international Human Rights Law and not use excessive force against peaceful protesters.
Despite the UN’s condemnation, Iranians have been highly critical of the global organization and its agencies, saying the its words are not enough and that there is a lack of action against human rights violations taking place in Iran.
Stories like Parfalik’s “have led Iranians inside and outside the country to really be demanding justice asking what UNICEF is doing on the ground to stop this,” Gissou Nia, an Iranian American human rights lawyer, said that in an interview with The Sunday Review’s Isa Soares Friday.
Nia, who also serves as director of Strategic Litigation Project at Atlantic Council, stated that the UN Human Rights Council meets. in Geneva on Thursday in Special session for address “the deteriorating human rights situation in the Islamic Republic of Iran.”
“The outcome of that special session will likely be an investigative mechanism or some kind of independent body that can collect, preserve and analyze evidence of what’s happening here for accountability purposes,” Nia said.
“What would be absolutely shameful is if that 47-member body votes no” She added that she was able to create such a mechanism.