UN High Commissioner for Human Rights requests visit to Tehran and Iran official: 50 police officers killed in protests | news

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights requests visit to Tehran and Iran official: 50 police officers killed in protests |  news
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights requests visit to Tehran and Iran official: 50 police officers killed in protests |  news

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights requests visit to Tehran and Iran official: 50 police officers killed in protests | news

United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Volker Türk said that 14,000 people, including children, were arrested during protests taking place in the country in Iran and urged Tehran to stop the “bloody campaign” against the protesters, according to an Iranian Official announced that 50 police officers were killed in the ongoing protests in the country.

At the request of more than 50 member states of the United Nations and at the initiative of Germany and Iceland, the 47 countries of the Human Rights Council will hold an emergency meeting today, Thursday, to discuss the “deteriorating human rights situation” in Iran.

The Council will consider forming a new committee of inquiry to investigate “violations” since protests erupted following the death of Kurdish young woman Mahsa Amini, 22, in police custody on September 16.

And the demonstrations over the death of Mahsa Amini gradually morphed into anti-authority protests of a magnitude and nature unprecedented since the 1979 Islamic Revolution.

Türk told reporters he held two meetings with the Iranian authorities and offered to go to Iran and increase their presence in Tehran since there is no Human Rights Council office there, but so far he has received no response.

Calling for an end to what he described as the unnecessary and disproportionate use of force, Türk believed that Iran was facing a wide-ranging human rights crisis and expressed concern at what he called an alarming increase in executions.

“The old methods and the impunity mentality of those in power do not work. In fact, they only make the situation worse,” he said, adding that around 14,000 peaceful protesters, including children, have been arrested so far, making it a “shocking number”.

German Foreign Minister Analina Baerbock has reiterated that “those responsible for acts of violence against peaceful demonstrators, men, women and children” in Iran must be held accountable as Tehran violates citizens’ rights to freedom of expression and assembly.

The minister said the world should not stand by and watch “innocent people, mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers and children being killed” and called for an independent investigation into the situation in Iran by UN experts.

On the other hand, Iran’s representative in the Council said that Western countries lacked the moral sincerity to criticize Tehran, calling the discussion “shameful and shocking”, dismissing all allegations and specifically attacking Germany, saying that Germany was offending the human rights of Iranians in cooperation with other countries through sanctions imposed on Tehran.

An Iranian policeman’s bicycle catches fire during protests in central Tehran over Mahsa’s death last September (Reuters – Archives)

50 police officers killed

On the other hand, Ali Baqeri Kani, Iran’s deputy foreign minister, said today Thursday that about 50 police officers have been killed in the protests that have been taking place in Iran since September, at the first official death toll and amid an escalation of a crackdown on the Security forces in the Kurdish areas in recent days.

Kane, who is also the chief nuclear negotiator, did not say how many protesters were killed but said the Home Office had set up a committee to investigate the deaths.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights says more than 300 protesters have been killed since demonstrations broke out over the killing of young woman Mahsa.

British Iranian arrest

On the other hand, the Fars news agency reported that a person with dual Iranian and British nationality had been arrested in connection with the “unrest” and indicated that he was in contact with media “hostile” to the Islamic Republic.

Last night, the agency said: “Revolutionary Guard Intelligence in Isfahan (centre) has detained a correspondent from two hostile television channels, BBC and RN International, stating that the detainee was born in the UK and has the Iranian and British nationality, “I am in close contact with some journalists from these two channels” who are based in Great Britain.

“In addition to his collaboration with the two broadcasters, this individual cooperated with some counter-revolutionary elements abroad and called for civil disobedience during the recent unrest (…) insecurity, vandalism and destruction of public property,” she added.

The UK has not yet commented on this announcement. Meanwhile, Iranian authorities have accused several countries of meddling in the demonstrations, which they consider “riots.”


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