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Date of Incident: September 24, 2022

Attack Types: Killings, Violence, Disappearances | Imprisonment | Other

Institution(s):University of Tehran

Region & Country:Southern Asia | Iran

New or Ongoing:New Incident

On September 24, 2022, state security forces carried out a violent crackdown on a peaceful protest at the University of Tehran. 30 to 40 students were arrested.

Starting on September 17, protests spread across Iran, including at various universities, following the death-in-custody of Jina Amini (also known as Mahsa Amini) after so-called “morality police” detained her. Police and security forces have responded to the protests with violence and arrests.

On September 24, students held a protest on campus, holding posters and chanting slogans. Security forces entered the campus and closed the gates to the university, preventing anyone from entering or leaving. Security forces reportedly fired bullets at and beat students with batons, and forcibly arrested 30 to 40 students, taking them to undisclosed locations.

Scholars at Risk is concerned about the use of force and arrest by state security forces against students in retaliation for the peaceful exercise of the rights to freedom of expression and assembly on campus — conduct that is expressly protected by international human rights instruments including the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, to which Iran is a party. State authorities have an obligation to refrain from restricting or retaliating against the peaceful exercise of such rights. The use of force and detentions to restrict peaceful student expression undermine academic freedom and democratic society generally.