Demonstrations in Iran: UN commissioner for human rights says Tehran faces full human rights crisis
UN Human Rights Commissioner Volker Türk said Iran was facing such a crisis What he described as a full-blown human rights crisis was the result of the state’s “violent suppression” of protests over the past eight weeks.
Türk estimated the number of those arrested at at least 14,000, including children.
He said during an emergency session of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva that Iran’s attempts to delegitimize the protests were “the stereotypical version of tyranny.”
He called on Iran to release the detainees immediately and to support an independent investigation into human rights abuses.
German Foreign Minister Analina Baerbock said that by violating the rights of its people, Iran is also violating the rights and values of the United Nations. She said Iran has repeatedly ignored calls to end the violence.
The German minister said: “We have repeatedly called on Iran to respect these rights and to end the violent crackdown on demonstrators, bloodshed, arbitrary killings, mass arrests and the death penalty.”
She added: “The only response we have received is more violence and more killing, and Iran’s continued refusal to allow the United Nations Special Rapporteur to enter the country, as we have heard.”
“For this reason, we are now proposing that the United Nations establish an independent and impartial mechanism to investigate these human rights abuses, so that those responsible are held accountable, because impunity prevents justice from being served,” she added.
Iran responded by saying that the West lacked the moral credibility to preach about human rights to other people.
Khadija Karimi, Iran’s representative to the Human Rights Council, defended her country’s human rights record.
“The Human Rights Council is once again being taken advantage of by some arrogant countries in their hostile attitude towards a sovereign country and a member of the United Nations fully committed to its obligations to promote and protect human rights,” Karimi said during the session of the UN Council meeting on Thursday.
“It is appalling and shameful to turn the common cause of human rights into a tool for the political ends of a certain group of Western countries,” she added.
The Council is discussing a proposal by a group of fifty countries led by Germany and Iceland for a new fact-finding and fact-finding mission to investigate alleged abuses committed since the wave of protests following the death of Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old Kurdish man Girl arrested by the Morality Police in Iran on September 16.
On the other hand, according to the Iranian news agency Fars, a member of the Iranian Basij forces was killed by “supporters of the counter-revolution” in the Kurdish-majority Marivan province.
Iranian officials have blamed “foreign enemies” in the West for the protests that have swept the country, calling them “riots,” whom they accuse of inciting law-breaking.
Fars said, “Ali Fathi was killed on Wednesday night by mercenaries working for the enemy and the counter-revolution because he was a member of the Basij forces,” referring to the volunteer militia whose members are recruited under the supervision of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard .
Fares added that provincial security official Mohammad Rezaei said Fatehi was “killed by a bullet from behind”.
According to state media, more than 30 members of the security forces have been killed since the protests began last September, most of them by gunshot or stabbing.
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