According to the Oslo-based group Iran Human Rights, at least 108 people have been killed in Iran’s crackdown on more than three weeks of nationwide protests sparked by the death of Mahsa Amini.
According to IHR, at least another 93 people were killed by Iranian security forces during separate clashes in the city of Zahedan, in the southeastern province of Sistan-Baluchistan.
Protests erupted across Iran on September 16, three days after Amini died in a coma after being arrested by morality police in Tehran for allegedly violating the Islamic republic’s strict dress code for women.
The violence in Zahedan erupted on September 30 during protests sparked by outrage over the alleged rape of a teenage girl by a regional police commander.
Human rights groups also expressed concern on Tuesday about the severity of the crackdown in Sanandaj, the capital of Amini’s home province of Kurdistan in western Iran.
“The international community must act immediately to prevent further killings in Kurdistan,” IHR director Mahmood Amiry-Moghaddam said in a statement issued Wednesday.
IHR stated that internet restrictions had hampered its investigation into the extent of “repression” in Kurdistan, and warned of a “impending bloody crackdown” on demonstrators in the western province.
“The city of Sanandaj in Kurdistan province has seen widespread protests and bloody crackdowns in the last three days,” IHR said, adding that the province’s current death toll did not include those killed during that time.
According to the Olso-based organisation, 28 people have died in Mazandaran province, 14 in Kurdistan, 12 in Gilan and West Azerbaijan, and 11 in Tehran province.
It also claimed that Iranian security forces had arrested a large number of children protesting on the streets and in schools in the previous week.
“Children have a legal right to protest, and the UN has an obligation to defend children’s rights in Iran by putting pressure on the Islamic republic,” Amiry-Moghaddam said.
IHR stated that its toll did not include six deaths that allegedly occurred during protests inside Rasht central prison in northern Iran on Sunday because the case was still being investigated.
Workers at the Asalouyeh petrochemical plant in Iran’s southwest, Abadan in western Iran, and Bushehr in the south, it said, had also joined nationwide strikes and protests.