Farideh Moradkhani, a well-known human rights activist, called on foreign governments to cut all ties with Tehran over the violent crackdown on protests< /h2>
Iranian authorities have detained a niece of Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, after she made a video describing the authorities led by his uncle as a “murderous regime that kills children”.
Farideh Moradkhani comes from a branch of the family that has a history of opposing Iran's clerical leadership and has herself been previously imprisoned in the country.
Her brother Mahmoud Moradkhani wrote in Twitter that she was arrested on Wednesday after going to the prosecutor's office after a summons.
On Saturday, her brother posted a video on YouTube, the link to which was shared on Twitter, in which he condemned the “clear and blatant oppression”to which the Iranians have been subjected, and criticized the inaction of the international community.
“Free people, be with us! Tell your governments to stop supporting this murderous child-killing regime,” he said. It was not clear when the video was recorded.
Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei (Wana/Reuters)
“This regime is not loyal to any of its religious principles and does not know any laws or regulations except strength and maintaining his power in any way possible”.
He complained that the sanctions imposed on Tehran for its crackdown were “laughable” and said Iranians were left “alone” in their fight for freedom.
“The time has come It is time for all free and democratic countries to withdraw their representatives from Iran as a symbolic gesture and expel the representatives of this brutal regime from their countries,” he added.
Moradkhani is the daughter of Khamenei's sister, Badri, who separated from her family in the 1980s and fled to Iraq at the height of the war with the neighboring country. She joined her husband, dissident cleric Ali Tehrani, born Ali Moradkhani Arangeh, who recently died in Tehran after years of isolation over his stance against the Islamic Republic, according to her website.
Moradkhani has risen to prominence as an activist against the death penalty and was last detained in January this year, following an October 2021 video conference in which she lavishly praised Farah Diba, the widow of Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, who was ousted by the Islamic Revolution of 1979.
The Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA) said that she had then been released on bail in April and that her detention last Wednesday was to begin serving a 15-year sentence.
The charges were not immediately clear.
On Thursday, the United Nations' highest human rights body decided by a comfortable margin to establish a new fact-finding mission to examine Tehran's violent crackdown on anti-government protests.
Criticism of the Islamic Republic by relatives of high positions is not unprecedented. In 2012, Faezeh Hashemi Rafsanjani, the daughter of the late former president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, was sentenced to prison for “anti-state propaganda”.
According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. , some 14,000 people have been detained for the protests that started after the death of Mahsa Amini, who had been arrested by the morality police.
Iranian police fired on the protests that continue near Tehran
At least 416 people, including 51 children, have been killed in the crackdown, according to the Norwegian organization Iran Human Rights (IHR).
(With information from AFP and Reuters)