The Romanian Association for the Protection of Displaced Persons and Refugees (APADAR) expressed its solidarity with Iranian protesters.
In a statement issued on January 30, the organization said that “as long as the dictatorial regime in Iran is at work, poverty, inflation, unemployment and repression would continue in Iran.”
The full statement can be found below:
“Shooting at a civil flight by the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) which killed 176 innocent victims in a horrific air crash in Iran, on January 8th, 2020. Moreover, reports emerging from Country of Iran indicate that the IRGC and other Iranian security forces have fired directly at peaceful demonstrations by masses and youth that began on November 15, 2019 in Iranian cities. Government officials are still hiding the corpses in order to keep the government’s level of crackdown secret.
In Mid-November 2019 nationwide uprising, more than 1500 people have been killed by direct shooting by the IRGC. Among the dead were 13-14 years old. More than 4,000 people have been injured and there are thousands arbitrarily detained and at risk of torture in chilling post-protest crackdown according to The Amnesty International which has led to 12000 innocent political prisoners in the regime prisons. The actual statistics may be much higher. Internet was shut down by Iranian authorities on November 16 to keep the world unaware of their crimes. Protests expanded in close to 191 cities.
The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet on December 6, voiced major concerns over the ongoing lack of transparency in regards to casualties and the thousands of detainees are treated, parallel to arrests reportedly continuing across the country.
The UN High Commissioner said she is “extremely concerned about [the detainees’] physical treatment, violations of their right to due process, and the possibility that a significant number of them may be charged with offences that carry the death penalty, in addition to the conditions under which they are held.”
“Security forces responded to the protests with water cannon, tear gas, batons, and in some cases live ammunition against unarmed demonstrators who posed no imminent threat of death or serious injury,” according to the UN statement. According to reports, members of the Basij militia and the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRCG) were involved in shooting protesters.
On, January 14, 2020, simultaneous with the four-day demonstrations by students and the people of Iran in 19 provinces across the country, the people took to the streets to cry for human rights. More youth and women have been arrested and taken to unknown places.
Security forces are spread everywhere to disperse the gatherings.
We support the wave of mass uprisings and protests by the Iranian people to achieve their basic democratic and economic rights. Millions of Iranian people live below the poverty line.
We believe as long as dictatorial regime in Iran is at work, Poverty, inflation, unemployment and repression will continue in Iran.
We demand all imprisoned political prisoners including; women, men, youth, students, workers and teachers set free.
While declaring our support for the demonstrations and the legitimate demands of the brave people in Iran, we urge you to condemn violations of human rights and suppression of the demonstrators in Iran through OHCHR’s statement. We also urge you to use your good offices at the United Nations for effective measures to release those arrested during the recent demonstrations, and stopping officials and organs involved in killing people in Iran.
We urge the United Nations and the international community of human rights defenders to strongly condemn the suppression of the Iranian people’s protests. We call on the United Nations to urgently send a delegation to Iran to investigate the situation of martyrs, injured and arrested protesters.
The UN Security Council must recognize the Iranian Government and its officials as responsible for crimes against humanity. The Security Council must declare that the Iranian Government is committing crime against humanity.
The United Nations must immediately dispatch fact-finding missions to Iran to investigate the scale of crimes against humanity and visit those arrested.”
President: ENE VIOREL