US government calls on Iran to release detained protestersPublished by Farzad on January 11, 2018
The White House press secretary has called on the Iranian regime to release the detained protesters. According to Iranian officials the number of arrested protesters has reached 3700. Many families are worried that their loved ones may be killed under torture. According to Amnesty International 5 detained protesters have died in detention and the human rights organisation has called for thorough investigation.
The full statement of the White House Press Secretary on Iran protests appears below:
The Trump Administration is deeply concerned by reports that the Iranian regime has imprisoned thousands of Iranian citizens in the past week for engaging in peaceful protests. Further reports that the regime has tortured or killed some of these demonstrators while in detention are even more disturbing. We will not remain silent as the Iranian dictatorship represses the basic rights of its citizens and will hold Iran’s leaders accountable for any violations. The protesters in Iran are expressing legitimate grievances, including demanding an end to their government’s oppression, corruption, and waste of national resources on military adventurism. Iran’s regime claims to support democracy, but when its own people express their aspirations for better lives and an end to injustice, it once again shows its true brutal nature. The United States calls for the immediate release of all political prisoners in Iran, including the victims of the most recent crackdown.