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Stockholm: Skyline International stands in solidarity with the Independent International Fact-Finding Mission on the Islamic Republic of Iran in its call for Iran to immediately put an end to its ongoing crackdown on peaceful protesters and halt the alarming wave of executions, mass arrests, and detentions that have plagued the nation since the tragic death of Jina Mahsa Amini last September.

The Fact-Finding Mission, in its first Oral Update to the Human Rights Council, issued a stark warning that the overall human rights situation in Iran risks further deterioration if no action is taken in response to the concerns raised regarding the alleged human rights violations. Additionally, the Mission expressed deep concern over proposed legislation that could impose harsher punishments on women and girls found in breach of forced veiling provisions, should it become law.

The death of Jina Mahsa in custody, following her arrest and detention by morality police for allegedly violating Iran's forced veiling law, sparked widespread demonstrations across the nation. Ten months have passed, and yet Jina Mahsa's family's pursuit of truth and justice remains unfulfilled. The domestic investigations conducted thus far have fallen short of international human rights norms and standards, including the requirements of promptness, independence, and transparency, as noted by Sara Hossain, the Chair of the Fact-Finding Mission.

The Fact-Finding Mission has highlighted several critical areas of concern, particularly the risks faced by individuals involved in the protests, including lawyers, journalists, and human rights defenders, with a specific focus on women and girls. Allegations of human rights violations associated with the protests continue to be received and investigated by the Mission.

Skyline International acknowledges the Iranian government's announcement of pardoning 22,000 people linked to the protests. However, the organization emphasizes that these pardons were reportedly obtained through coercive means, forcing individuals to express remorse and admit guilt, which violates their fundamental human rights, including the right to freedom of association.

Skyline International is deeply troubled by the lack of official data made available regarding the arrests, detentions, charges, or convictions related to the protests, even after ten months. Reports continue to emerge of ongoing arrests and detentions, particularly targeting women and girls who refuse to comply with the compulsory veiling law, as well as harassment against their family members.

The Fact-Finding Mission is currently investigating reports of alleged poisonings in numerous schools across 28 provinces, suspected to have been orchestrated as a means of punishing or deterring girls involved in the protests. Furthermore, Skyline International expresses grave concern over two draft bills awaiting consideration before the Majles, which, if enacted, would impose harsher penalties on women and girls found in violation of forced veiling provisions, thereby exposing them to increased risks of violence, harassment, and arbitrary detention.

Skyline International supports the Fact-Finding Mission's call for the protection of the rights of all individuals in Iran, including women and girls, and for holding accountable those responsible for alleged rights violations related to the protests. The organization emphasizes the fundamental rights to equality, truth, justice, accountability, and reparations that the people of Iran deserve.

Skyline International urges the Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran to fully cooperate with the Fact-Finding Mission's mandate and ensure unhindered and safe access for all those affected to provide evidence. The organization also calls for an immediate end to the repression of peaceful protests and the establishment of a comprehensive framework to address the root causes of these human rights violations.

The Fact-Finding Mission is committed to presenting a comprehensive report on its findings to the Human Rights Council during an interactive dialogue at its 55th session in March 2024.