Protests are ongoing across Iran over the death of Mahsa Amini. An Oslo-based NGO said at least 31 civilians had been killed in the country’s security forces crackdown on the protests. News from AFP.

Iran’s Human Rights (IHR) director Mahmoud Amiri-Moghaddam said in a statement, “The people of Iran have taken to the streets to demand their basic rights and human dignity… and the government is responding to their peaceful protests with bullets as a toll after six days.”

IHR confirmed protests in more than 30 cities and other urban centers. Protesters and civil society activists have also expressed concern over ‘mass arrests’.

The protests, which first began over the weekend in Kurdistan’s Uttar Pradesh, Amini’s birthplace, have now spread across the country.

The IHR also said 11 people were killed on Wednesday night in the town of Amol in Mazandaran province north of the Caspian Sea, and another six in Babol in the same province. Meanwhile, the northeastern city of Tabriz reported the first death in protests.

Amiri-Moghaddam said, ‘Condemnation and concern from the international community is not enough now.’

Earlier, the Kurdish rights group Hengao said 15 people were killed, including eight on Wednesday night in Kurdistan province and other Kurdish-populated areas in northern Iran.

(September 21)