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Diplomats: EU countries agree on sanctions against Iran

According to diplomats, EU foreign ministers are expected to adopt new sanctions against Iran on Monday. Human rights activists speak of at least 108 deaths.

According to diplomats, EU countries have agreed on new sanctions against the

Iran accepted the violent crackdown on protesters after the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini. As reported Wednesday by diplomatic circles, EU foreign ministers will officially decide on sanctions at a meeting in Luxembourg on Monday.

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen previously said it was “time” to impose sanctions on those responsible for “oppressing women” in Iran.

The protests in Iran were triggered by the death of the young Kurdish Mahsa Amini. The 22-year-old died in Tehran on September 16 after being arrested three days earlier by the vice team on charges of not wearing the veil according to the regulations.

According to human rights groups, at least 108 people, including 28 children, have been killed in nationwide protests in recent weeks. Eleven people were killed in the capital province of Tehran and another 28 in Masandaran province, the Norwegian organization Iran Human Rights (IHR) said. Iranian authorities are using violence against protesters and hundreds of people have been arrested.

“Children have the right to demonstrate,” said IHR director Mahmood Amiry-Moghaddam, referring to the underage victims. The United Nations has “a duty to defend the rights of Iranian children by putting pressure on the Islamic Republic”.

Hundreds of people were arrested during the protests, which were soon joined by schoolchildren. According to several human rights organizations, the security forces in Sanadaj have particularly harshly repressed the demonstrators. Sanadaj is the capital of the province of Kurdistan in northwestern Iran, where Amini came from.

Referring to the protests unleashed by the Amini case, the Iranian Society for the Protection of Children’s Rights based in Tehran said: “According to statistics, 28 children were killed in these clashes.” Most of these deaths occurred in Sistan-Baluchistan.

The organization went on to say that families are “left in the dark as to where their children are”. Furthermore, minors are deprived of the assistance of lawyers and of the examination of their cases by the juvenile judges.

The Society for the Protection of Children’s Rights has asked the government to be “held accountable” for these abuses. Anyone, “regardless of grade, perpetrated violence or molestation of children or their death” must be punished.

The deputy commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards, Ali Fadawi, told the Iranian media a week ago that “the average age of those arrested in many of the recent protests” was 15 years.

Human rights lawyer Hassan Raisi said some of the minors were being held in detention centers for adult drug offenses. “This is very concerning,” Raisi said in a report released Wednesday by London-based Iran Wire. According to Raisi’s information, around 300 people aged 12-19 are in police custody in Iran.

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