By Hossein Bouazar
Iran is being confronted globally over the killing of young woman Mahsa Amini who died in the custody of the morality police.
While Mahsa was visiting Tehran capital city of Iran, the morality police arrested her for wearing hijab loosely. She was beaten and fell into coma and died three days after being in coma.
Mahsa’s parents said that she never had any health issues. Her father also added that she was bruised and hold the government responsible for her death.
Protests following Mahsa’s death began Saturday 17th of September 2022 and has spread across Iran. After a week more than dozens of people has been killed by the Iranian regime.
Iranian government during those protests, totally shut down the internet, preventing people from organising protests and limiting the information flowing in and out of Iran. This seems like a Déjà Vu where every time there are protests in Iran, Iranian government shuts down the Internet and oppress the protesters no matter the cost.
Netblocks and Cloudflare has confirmed the multiple internet shutdowns by the Iranian regime. Social platforms such as WhatsApp and Instagram which were accessible without a VPN are blocked since 19th of September.
Even though Internet shutdowns are a serious violation of international human rights standards.
In general Iranian government claims that it is filtering websites and social platforms (such as Twitter and Youtube) and monitoring the Internet to provide a safe environment for its people, but my evidence strongly indicates that, in reality this filtering is nothing more than censorship designed to stop people accessing any areas which the Government does not want them to see and learn from and to prevent open communication, both inside Iran and with the outside world. Based on the evidence, the regime authorities are, in fact, doing everything they can to maintain a safe environment solely for themselves so that they can keep their grip on power.
With this aim, the Internet filtering and monitoring is focused on trying to stop people from:
- Learning about their human rights.
- Arranging protest gatherings and rallies
- Reporting local news and events to the rest of the world.
- accessing information providing the truth about Iranian and world history
- Learning about other countries.
- Learning about other cultures, music, films, food and dress.
- Learning about other faiths.
- Having a different opinion on politics.
They even delay the streaming of broadcasts such as world sporting events so that they can censor some of the scenes and images which, according to them, are “inappropriate”. This manipulation of the truth is designed to keep Iranian people closed-minded about western countries.
Over the past 44 years, Iranian regime has suppressed, tortured, and killed its people. Iranian regime has been stealing wealth of its nation while Iranian people has been struggling with poverty and high unemployment rates.
We, the Ahwazi Centre for Human Rights (ACHR), concerns, while Ahwazi Arabs, non-Persian nations within so call “Iran” face continues oppression and discrimination, the most significant human rights issues included a high number of executions for false confession and false crimes without fair trials of individuals. Torture; harsh and life-threatening prison conditions; arbitrary detention and imprisonment; of hundreds of political prisoners, are just few examples of how the Iranian regime violates the human rights.
We are calling upon Mr. Javaid Rehman the United Nations special rapporteur for the situation of human rights in Iran and Mrs Agnes Callamard the UN special rapporteur on extra Judicial execution to intervene and stop the Iranian criminal regime from executing innocent prisoners that were arrested without any legal warrant.
Hossein Bouazar is a human rights activist from the Ahwaz region in Iran. He writes about human rights abuses committed by the Arab Ahwazi.
Ahwazi Centre for Human Rights