US senators call for UN probe into secret Iranian torture centers
A committee of US senators has asked the United Nations to investigate a network of secret torture centers in Iran. As revealed by CNN’s investigation last month
The US Senate Foreign Relations Committee said the CNN report – which revealed a large part of the secret detention centers used by the Iranian regime to brutally force protesters into submission – showed that Iran was trying to prevent unrest. He was ready to torture his own people.
“The discovery of these secret prisons is the latest example of the brutality of the Iranian regime. The international community needs to hold Tehran accountable for torturing its own citizens,” read a Tweet posted by the official account of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, linking to a CNN report. It said the revelations should be investigated by the UN Human Rights Council’s fact-finding mission on Iran.
CNN Special Report Exposes Dozens of ‘Black Sites’ Used to Torture Protesters
In November, the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) launched Independent investigation of Iran’s actions On a nationwide uprising which was sparked by the death in custody of Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old Kurdish-Iranian woman in September. The mission will gather evidence of abuses in the suppression of protests.
The findings of an investigation by the Commission of Inquiry established by the UNHRC on Syria were used in the trial proceedings last year. Former Syrian colonel in Germany For crimes against humanity.
In late February, CNN’s International Investigative Unit published an investigation into secret detention centers used by the Iranian regime, revealing more than three dozen secret prisons, or black sites, many of them undeclared and held by the government or the Iranian Revolutionary Guard. Corps (IRGC) were conducted within. ) facilities.
Drawing on two dozen testimonies from Iranian lawyers and survivors of black sites, CNN found that the use of black sites — which exist outside of Iranian due process — was unprecedented in scale.
The most severe forms of torture detailed in those testimonies were electric shocks, removal of nails, whipping and beating resulting in bruises and broken limbs, and sexual violence.
The findings paint a picture of a regime using torture on an industrial scale to crush an uprising that has posed the biggest domestic threat to the clerical elite in decades.