Norway’s Foreign Minister Huitfeldt to raise the issue of deaths in custody with Iran

Photo: Håkon Mosvold Larsen / NTB

Foreign Minister Anniken Huitfeldt (AP) says the death of an Iranian woman who died in the custody of the morality police is unacceptable and will raise the matter with Iran.

22-year-old Mahsa Amini died from injuries she sustained in the custody of the morality police. 

According to the police, she died due to heart problems, but eyewitnesses say she was beaten up by the police. The 22-year-old was arrested for breaching the country’s strict dress code, which among other things, requires women to cover their hair.

“We will take it up with the Iranian authorities,” Huitfeldt told Nettavisen in New York, where the Foreign Minister is attending the UN General Assembly. 

She pointed out that this is an important issue and that Norway agrees with the EU’s statement on the matter.

“What happened to her is unacceptable, and the perpetrators behind this murder must be held responsible,” the EU’s foreign service wrote. 

It also added that “Iran’s authorities must ensure that citizens’ basic rights are respected and that those deprived of their liberty are not mistreated.”

Source: © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayNews

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