Human Rights Council passes resolution establishing commission of inquiry into Tehran’s crackdown on protests
The United Nations Human Rights Council on Thursday voted to launch an independent probe into Iran’s crackdown on protests, a move positively received by activists amid an escalating crackdown on security in Kurdish areas in recent days. Amnesty International welcomed the “historic decision” and considered it “an important step towards ending impunity!”, while United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Volker Türk called for Tehran to end its “excessive” use of force against the protests adjusts
That was decided by the Human Rights Council to the United Nations An international inquiry into the bloody crackdown on the protests sparked by the death of young woman Mahsa Amini in Iran opened in an emergency session on Thursday, with the aim of gathering evidence of the violations committed in preparation for possible prosecutions of those responsible .
The draft resolution was tabled by Germany and Iceland and adopted with the support of 25 member states, the objection of six countries (Armenia, China, Cuba, Eritrea, Pakistan and Venezuela) and the abstention of 16 countries including Qatar.
United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Volker Türk, who has yet to receive a response from Tehran to his request to visit, made an appeal to the Islamic Republic and urged them to “stop the useless and disproportionate use of force.” against the protesters.
Turk said that “the current situation is unbearable,” before stressing to journalists that “the government needs to listen to the people, listen to what they are saying and engage in a reform process because change is inevitable.”
Many Western diplomats have denounced the bloody crackdown on protests in Iran.
“Iranian footballer arrested”
While the council members were meeting in Geneva, Iran’s Fars news agency said the Islamic Republic’s authorities had arrested the famous footballer. Forgive immediately For “insulting and defaming the national team and propaganda” against the state.
The session came amid protests sparked by the death of 22-year-old Amini, days after she was arrested for violating the Islamic Republic’s dress code.
The demonstrations gradually morphed into anti-authority protests of a magnitude and nature unprecedented since the 1979 Islamic Revolution.
The repression of the demonstrations resulted in the deaths of at least 416 people, including 51 children, according to the Oslo-based Organization for Human Rights in Iran.
Türk said about 14,000 peaceful protesters were arrested, which is a “shocking number”. The Iranian judiciary has so far handed down six death sentences in connection with the demonstrations.
“Woman, Life, Freedom”
For her part, French Ambassador Emmanuelle Lachosset said: “(Woman, Life, Freedom) with this simple and powerful slogan, Iranian women remember and remember Iranians more than two months ago with the values they defend.”
After the vote, France’s representation in the Council said in a tweet on Twitter that “the courage and determination of the protesters obliges us”.
Amnesty International, in turn, hailed the “historic decision” and called it “an important step towards ending impunity!”, while Lucy McKiernan, a staffer at Human Rights Watch, said the council’s decision was a “welcome step”.
The aim of this independent, international investigative mission is to collect and secure evidence of abuse in order to use it for possible criminal prosecution. But it is impossible for the Islamic Republic to allow this mission to enter its territory.
On the other hand, Khadija Karimi, assistant to Iran’s Vice President for Women’s and Family Affairs, criticized Western countries for lacking “moral credibility” before the Council in Geneva. She condemned the US and European sanctions against her country.
Tehran says the protests are nothing more than “riots” and accuses Western countries in particular of being behind this movement to destabilize the Islamic Republic.
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