A video of the singing of Nika Shakrami, a teenager killed in Tehran protests.
Nika Shakarami was found dead in a mortuary by her parents after she participated in the protests in Tehran. The authorities reportedly informed them that she had died as a result of falling from a great height. The authorities then stole Shakarami’s body and buried her in Hayat Ol Gheyb, about 40 kilometres away, in order to avoid publicity.
TEHERAN OCTOBER 7: 16-year-old Nika Shakarami was found dead in a mortuary by her parents ten days after she participated in the protests in Tehran. The day before she was to be buried, Iranian authorities stole her body and buried her in a village a few miles away, BBC Persian reports.
– They didn’t let us see her body, only her face for a few seconds, says a relative of the girl.
Nika Shakarami was an Iranian teenager who disappeared on 20 September 2022 in Tehran during the 2022 Iranian protests following the death of Mahsa Amini. Her family was informed of her death ten days later. She had died under suspicious circumstances suspected to involve violence by security forces. After her body was identified by her family, they made arrangements to bury her in Khorramabad, but the body was stolen by Iranian authorities and instead buried in Hayat Ol Gheyb, reportedly to exercise leverage over her family and to avoid a funeral procession which could be the catalyst for further protests.
The Iranian authorities denied wrongdoing, spread several contradictory stories concerning her fate, and coerced some of her family members to support these narratives. Shakarami’s death and the attempts of government suppression regarding information on her fate was widely publicized in international media and further fanned the ongoing protests.
The mother of Nika Shakarami -- a 16-year-old who wound up dead after participating in anti-government protests in Tehran on September 20 -- has accused the Iranian authorities of "lying" about her daughter's death in an attempt to "exempt themselves."
Shakarami went missing after protesting on Keshavarz Boulevard in Tehran on 20 September. She had left her house around 5 pm and brought with her a bottle of water and a towel as protection against tear gas. According to her family her last known communication was a message sent to one of her friends in which she claimed to be chased by security forces. On the night of 20 September, Shakarami’s Telegram and Instagram accounts were deleted and her phone was turned off.
Ten days later, Shakarami’s family were informed that someone with similar characteristics had been discovered during forensic examinations of dead protesters and her body was at the Kahrizak morgue, located in a local detention center. The authorities reportedly informed them that she had died as a result of falling from a great height. Shakarami’s aunt claimed in an interview that Shakarami’s nose had been completely destroyed and that her skull had been “broken and disintegrated from multiple blows of a hard object”.
The family were told that Shakarami had been kidnapped, held, and questioned by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps for a week and had then been detained for a short time at the Evin Prison. A prison which has frequently been accused of systematically raping and torturing prisoners.
The family transported Shakarami’s body to Khorramabad for burial, intending to hold the ceremony on 2 October, which would have been her seventeenth birthday. The authorities then stole Shakarami’s body and buried her in Hayat Ol Gheyb, about 40 kilometres away, in order to avoid publicity and prevent her grave becoming a pilgrimage site for protesters.
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