Iranian security forces raped and sexually assaulted male and female protesters ... trends now

Iranian security forces raped and sexually assaulted male and female protesters ... trends now
Iranian security forces raped and sexually assaulted male and female protesters ... trends now

Iranian security forces raped and sexually assaulted male and female protesters ... trends now

Iranian security forces raped and sexually assaulted male and female protesters as young as 12, according to a damning new report.

Amnesty International found security forces used rape and sexual violence to torture, punish and traumatise protesters arrested as part of the Tehran regime's crackdown on nationwide protests that erupted from September 2022.

The rights group said it had gathered testimonies from 12 women, 26 men, one girl and six boys who survived rape or other forms of sexual violence.

Its 120-page report details 45 cases of rape, gang rape or sexual violence against protesters, with six victims gang-raped by groups of up to ten men.

With cases in more than half of Iran's provinces, Amnesty expressed fear these documented violations appeared part of a 'wider pattern'.

Iranian security forces raped and sexually assaulted male and female protesters as young as 12, according to a damning new report

Iranian security forces raped and sexually assaulted male and female protesters as young as 12, according to a damning new report

Amnesty International found security forces used rape and sexual violence to torture, punish and traumatise protesters arrested as part of the Tehran regime's crackdown on nationwide protests that erupted from September 2022 after the death of Mahsa Amini (pictured)

Amnesty International found security forces used rape and sexual violence to torture, punish and traumatise protesters arrested as part of the Tehran regime's crackdown on nationwide protests that erupted from September 2022 after the death of Mahsa Amini (pictured)

'Our research exposes how intelligence and security agents in Iran used rape and other sexual violence to torture, punish and inflict lasting physical and psychological damage on protesters, including children as young as 12,' Amnesty's secretary general Agnes Callamard said.

The London-based organisation said it had shared its findings with the Iranian authorities on November 24 'but has thus far received no response'.

The protests began in Iran in September 2022 after the death in police custody of Mahsa Amini, 22. Her family says she was killed by a blow to the head but this has always been disputed by the Iranian authorities.

After rattling Iran's clerical leadership, the movement lost momentum by the end of that year in the face of a fierce crackdown that left hundreds dead, according to rights activists, and thousands arrested, according to the United Nations.

Amnesty said 16 of the 45 cases documented in the report were of rape, including six women, seven men, a 14-year-old girl, and two boys aged 16 and 17. Six of them - four women and two men - were gang raped by up to 10 male agents, it said.

It said the sexual assaults were carried out by members of the Revolutionary Guards, the paramilitary Basij force, agents of the intelligence ministry, as well as police officers as the Tehran regime rounded up protesters off the streets.

The rapes on women and men were carried out with 'wooden and metal batons, glass bottles, hosepipes, and/or agents' sexual organs and fingers', it said.

As well as the 16 rape victims, Amnesty said it documented the cases of 29 victims of other forms of sexual violence such as the beating of breasts and genitals, enforced nudity, and inserting needles or applying ice to men's testicles.

It said it collected the testimony through interviews with the victims and other witnesses, conducted remotely via secure

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