A Mother Killed by Bullet to Neck While Helping Wounded Protester

A Mother Killed by Bullet to Neck While Helping Wounded Protester

Published by on December 3, 2019

International Liberty Association reports from human rights organisation that: “An unarmed civilian and mother of three young children, Ameneh Shahbazi, was killed by a bullet as she was trying to help a person shot in the leg during a protest, her brother, Mohammad Shahbazi, said in an interview.
Her death certificate indicated that she had died from a shattered skull but in fact a bullet had broken her neck, Mohammad said.

The family was forced to pay in order to receive her body, and they were surrounded by security agents at her funeral.

As reports emerge from Iran since the state-imposed internet shutdown was lifted, the extent of the security forces’ unprecedented and unlawful use of lethal force against unarmed protestors is being revealed, as is the illegal withholding of bodies for payment.

The 34-year-old housewife had gone shopping when she encountered a protest against the increase in the price of gasoline in the Sarasiyab district of Karaj, west of Tehran, on the evening of Sunday, 17 November.

This was one of the many protests that erupted across Iran in response to the 15 November price hike, which were followed by an unprecedented violent state response that has resulted in hundreds dead, with many more were injured and thousands arrested.

According to ILA, Mohammad told CHRI that; “My sister had gone to buy some medicine. On her way back, there was a commotion on Iranzamin Street and someone had been shot in the leg. Ameneh was attending to the man’s wound when she was hit by a bullet from behind. It happened at 9:00 pm. I was informed the following day”.

ILA: he continued in his interview: “When I heard that she had been admitted to the State Welfare Organization hospital in Shahriar, I immediately drove to the hospital. But on the way, I got a call that she had died but her body was missing. They said she had been hit by a bullet.

“No one is taking responsibility. Who can we hold accountable? We have even been told not to talk about this to anyone. So how can I follow this matter? We don’t know what to do.”

The Iranian government has so far not released numbers on those killed, injured or arrested.

International Liberty Association urge the international community to take urgent action to stop the killing and repression in Iran

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