The continued violent response by security forces to protests in Iran, as well as communications restrictions, are concerning, the UN Human Rights Office said on Tuesday.
Thousands of people had joined anti-government demonstrations throughout the country over the past 11 days, Spokesperson Ravina Shamdasani said at a UN press conference in Geneva.
Security forces had responded at times with live ammunition, she said.
Shamdasani stated, “We are very concerned by the continued violent response by security forces to protests in Iran, as well as communications restrictions affecting landline and mobile usage, the internet, and social media platforms.”
Shamdasani expressed, “Due in part to restrictions on telecommunications, it is difficult to establish the precise number of casualties and arrests.”
She added, “On Sept. 24, state media put the number killed at 41. Non-governmental organizations monitoring the situation have reported a higher number of deaths, including women and children, and hundreds injured across at least 11 provinces.”
During the protests that erupted following the death in custody of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini, many Iranians have been killed, injured, and detained.