The Arab Federation for Human Rights (AFHR) has condemned the Iranian authorities' suppression of mass popular protests that erupted in many Iranian cities since Thursday.
In a statement it issued Sunday, the AFHR called on the Mullah regime to respect and protect the rights of its citizens, including freedom of expression and the right to peaceful demonstrations.
The AFHR also condemned the arrest of protesters by the Iranian authorities, urging the UN Security Council and the international community to support the Iranian people who are protesting against rampant corruption in their country.
Several Iranians were shot during protests late Saturday after Iran's government warned citizens against holding "illegal" public gatherings, following two days of rare anti-government protests that spread to a number of cities.
The protests, described as the largest public display of discontent since the 2009 Green Movement in Iran, have emerged against a backdrop of rising food and gasoline prices.
In a rare display of public dissent, some protesters directed their ire at Iran's Ayatollah Khamenei.