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LONDON — A Kurdish rapper jailed in Iran for supporting protesters faces the death penalty, The Guardian reported on Friday.

Saman Yasin is among thousands who could be executed as the regime reacts brutally to protests that erupted across the country in September following the murder of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini at the hands of vice police.

According to the UN, at least 14,000 people have been arrested since the protests began, and hundreds have been killed or injured by security forces.

Yasin, a famous Iranian musician and artist, faces execution for “waging war on God” by posting anti-regime statements on social media.

The Hengaw Organization for Human Rights has warned that figures like Yasin could be disproportionately punished in order to set an example for other young people, intimidating protesters into submission.

Hengaw’s Soma Rostami told the Guardian: “We know the government easily kills people and directly sentences inmates to death. Saman Yasin is in grave danger and we should be her voice.

Another Iranian rapper, Toomaj Salehi, was tortured in detention, according to his family, after broadcasting protest songs and images of him and his friends chanting anti-regime slogans in the city of Isfahan. His arrest sparked a strong reaction on social media.

A friend of his told the Guardian: “When we heard about his arrest we were devastated but not defeated. We are currently trying to do what we can to continue what he stood for and urge the leaders of the international community to hold the Islamic Republic accountable for its crimes against humanity, to release Toomaj and all Iranians who are imprisoned and tortured daily, all because they seek freedom.

“We know they want to traumatize us even more and instill fear in us. What matters is that the brutal regime of the Islamic Republic arrests critics and innocent civilians and violates its own laws,” she said.

“Even if lawyers appear in court on behalf of their families, they too risk being arrested.

“We have no information about his condition, what he has been charged with or his medical condition, and we are seriously concerned for his life.”

Javaid Rehman, UN special rapporteur on human rights for Iran, said on Wednesday: “Over the past six weeks, thousands of men, women and children – according to some accounts, more of 14,000 people – were arrested, including human rights defenders, students, lawyers, journalists and civil society activists.

“In another most disturbing development, Iranian authorities announced earlier this week that they would hold public trials for more than 1,000 people arrested in Tehran and a similar number outside the capital.”

He added: “Charges against these individuals will include charges… which carry the death penalty. In the absence of any national channel of accountability, I would stress the importance of the role and responsibility of the international community in the fight against impunity for human rights violations in Iran.

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