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UN's Jahangir Says Iran Must Be Transparent About Protest Detainees

Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in Iran Asma Jahangir. UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré

In an exclusive interview with Radio Farda, the UN Special Rapporteur for Human Rights in Iran, Asma Jahangir has called upon the Islamic Republic to publish the list of all people detained during recent protests in Iran.

Based on official reports, more than 3100 were arrested across Iran while protesting rising prices, unemployment, mismanagement and corruption.

The protests that broke out in Mashhad, Shi’ite holiest city inside Iran, soon turned into widespread demonstrations in more than 100 cities against the whole ruling system of the country.

At least two detainees, one in Tehran’s notorious prison Evin and the other in a police station in Central province capital city of Arak, have been officially declared dead, in what the authorities have called suicide.

UN Council of Human Rights has already issued a statement, voicing concern over the danger of mistreatment and violence against all those detained in Iran.

Jahangir pointing to the statement emphasized that in particular, it calls upon the Islamic Republic’s authorities to lay the groundwork for holding an impartial and independent investigation about people who have lost their lives behind bars.

Asma Jahangir also reminded that an official in the city of Arak has talked about a video clip that documents the 23-year-old peddler, Vahid Heydari’s suicide, while in custody.

The UN Special Rapporteur for Human Rights in Iran reiterated that the video clip should be released in a way accessible for all.

In her interview with Radio Farda, Asma Jahangir has also disclosed that she has once again requested a visa to go to Iran and personally investigate the human rights situation in the Islamic Republic.

However, the request has been rejected since Tehran still insists that it does not recognize UN’ Special Rapporteur for Human Rights in Iran, Asma Jahangir affirms.