체포 과정에서 경찰이 폭력까지 행사… 앰네스티, 석방 요구
지난 1월 9일, 테헤란 랄레 공원(Laleh Park)에서 예배를 드리던 33명의 여성들이 이란 당국에 체포됐다.
언론 보도에 따르면, 이들은‘애도하는 어머니들(Mourning Mothers)’이라는 이름으로 알려진 그룹의 회원들이다. 회원 여성들은 모두 작년 6월 이란 대통령 선거 무효화 시위 도중 죽거나, 행방불명 되거나, 구금된 이들의 어머니이다.
이 여성들은 체포 당시 평화롭게 주말 정기 모임을 갖던 중이었다. 몇몇이 체포 과정에서 구타를 당했고, 10명은 병원에 실려가기까지 한 것으로 알려졌다.
이들 33명의 여성은 현재 테헤란에 위치한 ‘보자라 구치소(Vozara Detention Centre)’에 수감돼 있는 상태다. 이 중 9명은 질병에 시달리고 있는 것으로 보인다.
국제앰네스티는 이란 정부에 체포한 여성들을 석방할 것을 요구하고 있다.
Iran’s ‘Mourning Mothers’ must be released
Amnesty International has urged the Iranian authorities to release a group of women who were beaten and arrested during a peaceful vigil in Tehran at the weekend.
The 33 women, members of a group known as the ‘Mourning Mothers’, were seized during their weekly meeting in Laleh Park, Tehran on Saturday, according to media reports. Several of the women were beaten and 10 were taken to hospital.
The ‘Mourning Mothers’ are women whose children have been killed, disappeared or detained in post-election violence in Iran since last June, and their supporters. All 33 women are now being held in Vozara Detention Centre, Tehran.
“Women who are grieving for children killed by security personnel should be able to count on support from the state to uncover the truth about what happened and to ensure redress for them, not face arbitrary detention and beatings,” said Hassiba Hadj Sahraoui, Deputy Director of Amnesty International’s Middle East and North Africa Programme.
“These women should be released immediately and unconditionally and an investigation launched into their treatment.”
According to the Internationa Campaign for Human Rights in Iran, on Sunday, protesters gathered and chanted outside the Vozara detention centre in support of the detained women, which led to traffic nearby being blocked.
Security forces reportedly attacked the crowd and violently dispersed it. Two people who were in a passing car taking pictures of the protest were arrested and taken inside the detention centre.
The ‘Mourning Mothers’ meet in silence for an hour each Saturday near the place and time of the killing of protester Neda Agha-Soltan, whose death was shown in footage circulated around the world in July.
Nine of the women are believed to suffer from illnesses, increasing the concern for their well-being.
“We are seriously concerned about the health of these detained activists and hold the Iranian authorities responsible for their well-being,” said Hassiba Hadj Sahraoui.
This is not the first time that members of the group have been arrested. Up to 29 were arrested on 5 December, although all were released by 7 December.