Iran: “They violently raped me”: Sexual violence weaponized to crush Iran’s ‘Woman life freedom’ uprising

Intelligence and security forces committed horrific acts of rape and other forms of sexual violence against protesters arbitrarily detained during Iran’s “Woman Life Freedom” uprising between September and December 2022. Prosecutors and judges were complicit by ignoring or covering up survivors’ complaints. No officials have been prosecuted for the instances of rape and other sexual violence documented in this report. With no prospects for justice domestically, Amnesty International calls on states to initiate criminal investigations in their own countries against suspected perpetrators under the principle of universal jurisdiction, with a view to issuing international arrest warrants.

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