Nov. 4 – The Iranian government’s police forces were accused of opening fire on mourners visiting 23-year-old Hadis Najafi’s grave in Karaj this week.

Hadis was shot and killed by police in September while protesting against the country’s compulsory hijab law.

Iran’s state media said people at the burial site had killed a member of the national guard and injured 10 policemen. However witnesses speaking to the BBC said they had seen police using guns, machetes and tear gas.

The Iranian government’s violent crackdown on anti-regime protestors was discussed by foreign ministers attending the G7 summit in Germany, on Thursday and Friday.

The summit — which counts Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United States as members — is an intergovernmental forum which meets to develop global policy on transnational issues.

The group also discussed Tehran’s supply of weapons and armed drones to Russia  for the war in Ukraine.

And more than 760,000 people from 218 countries signed petitions calling for the establishment of an independent United Nations mechanism to investigate the conduct of Iran officials overseeing the anti-government protests in Iran.

The call follows a request by UN experts to launch the mechanism, and was made during a press briefing at UN headquarters in Washington last week.

Iranian human rights campaigners have criticized the West’s response to the protests in recent weeks which have left at least 200 people dead, including 48 children.

US President Joe Biden vowed to ‘free Iran’ during a speech on Thursday, but did not say what actions Washington would take, or offer further details.

Kayhan Life’s thoughts remain with Iranians demonstrating for their freedom.

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