An emergency meeting of the Human Rights Council on the protests in Iran

An emergency meeting of the Human Rights Council on the protests in Iran
An emergency meeting of the Human Rights Council on the protests in Iran

An emergency meeting of the Human Rights Council on the protests in Iran

The United Nations Human Rights Council is preparing a special session on Iran after the campaign bloody oppression The government cracked down on protesters, threats against journalists and other human rights abuses in the country.

At the request of Germany and Iceland, the Human Rights Council will hold the session in the week of November 21 and “if possible on November 24”.

This comes after Germany and Iceland asked the United Nations Human Rights Council on Friday to hold an emergency meeting on Iran, which has been rocked by bloody protests for weeks.

deteriorating human rights situation

In a letter to the Council Presidency, the German and Icelandic ambassadors to the United Nations in Geneva called for a “special session … on the deteriorating human rights situation in the Iranian Republic, particularly with regard to women and children”.

In the letter, seen by AFP, the two ambassadors also called for the meeting to be held on November 24 or the last day of the same week if possible.

Police disperse protests in Tehran (Archive – Associated Press)

Support 44 countries

They stated that 44 countries supported the motion, without specifying whether they were all members of the Council.

In addition, an extraordinary session outside of the three regular sessions per year would require the support of 16 member states, more than a third of the Council’s 47 members. Germany’s request shows that it has secured sufficient support.

The request comes after eight weeks of protests in Iran since Mahsa Amini, 22, died after being arrested by religious police.

fire of anger

Her death has since fueled anger over several issues, including restrictions on personal liberties and strict rules regarding women’s dress, as well as the vital and economic crisis Iranians are facing, not to mention the harsh laws that govern the regime imposed, and its political and religious composition in general.

Meanwhile, the security forces used violence against the demonstrators, killing hundreds of them. The human rights activists’ news agency Hrana said 314 demonstrators were killed in the riots, including 47 minors.

At least 14,170 people, including 392 students, were arrested in the protests, which took place in 136 cities and towns and 134 universities.


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