Switzerland: OHCHR expresses “alarm” at Iran”s treatment of detainees

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The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) expressed “alarm” at the treatment of detainees in Iran amid nation-wide anti-government protests in the Middle Eastern country, during a press conference in Geneva on Friday.

“At least 7,000 people have reportedly been arrested in 38 of Iran’s 31 provinces since mass protests broke out on the 15th of November, and the High Commissioner is extremely concerned about the conditions under which they are being held,” said OHCHR spokesperson Rupert Colville.

“So far we have information suggesting that at least 208 people were killed, including 13 women and 12 children. There are also reports that we have so far been unable to verify suggesting more than twice that number were killed,” Colville added.

Nationwide protests erupted in Iran on November 15 over fuel price hikes. According to Amnesty International, at least 208 people lost their lives in the protests. Authorities have refuted the figure and provided no official death toll.

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