UN rights chief backs name for probe into Iran disaster

The Council, assembly in particular session in response to the disaster that was sparked by the loss of life in September in police custody of 22-year-old Jina Mahsa Amini, heard Mr. Türk criticize “the fortress mentality of those that wield energy” in Iran.

The “pointless and disproportionate use of drive” should finish, he insisted. 

Harrowing photographs

“It pains me to see what is occurring within the nation,” he instructed the packed chamber. “The pictures of youngsters killed. Of ladies crushed within the streets. Of individuals sentenced to loss of life.”

The UN Excessive Commissioner highlighted how the safety forces, “notably the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and Basij forces have used reside ammunition, birdshot and different steel pellets, teargas and batons” towards the protest motion because it has unfold to a reported 150 cities and 140 universities in all provinces of Iran.

Earlier than calling for an impartial probe into all alleged rights violations, the Excessive Commissioner famous that his Workplace had acquired “a number of communications” from Iran in regards to the episode, “together with home investigations”.These efforts “have failed to fulfill worldwide requirements of impartiality, independence and transparency”, Mr. Türk mentioned.

Official denials

Responding to the Excessive Commissioner’s feedback, Iran’s consultant, Khadijeh Karimi, Deputy of the Vice President for Girls and Household Affairs, insisted that “vital measures” had been taken to hunt justice by the Authorities, after Ms. Amini’s loss of life. These included the formation of an impartial, parliamentary investigation fee in addition to a forensic medical workforce.

“Nevertheless, earlier than the formal announcement of the probe evaluation, the biased and hasty response of a lot of Western authorities and their interventions in inside affairs of Iran, turned the peaceable assemblies into riots and violence,” she maintained.

Additionally talking on the Particular Session – the Council’s thirty fifth because it was based in 2005 – Javaid Rehman, Particular Rapporteur on the state of affairs of human rights in Iran insisted that previously week, efforts to silence the protesters had intensified, together with towards youngsters.

Little one victims amongst useless

No less than 60 to 70 individuals have been killed, he mentioned, together with 5 youngsters, principally from Kurdish areas. He additionally described as “alarming” the state of affairs within the Kurdish cities of Piranshahr, Javanrood and Mahabad.

“The Iranian Authorities has persistently introduced unsubstantiated stories and reiterated assertions claiming that Jina Mahsa didn’t die on account of any violence or beatings,” he mentioned. “In different stories, the Authorities refutes the killings of youngsters by safety forces, claiming that they dedicated suicide, fell from a peak, have been poisoned or killed by nameless ‘enemy brokers’.”

These are three of an estimated 400 who’ve been killed as a result of they stood up for his or her proper to find out their very own life.

Hijab guidelines

Since Ms. Amini’s loss of life following her arrest by Iran’s so-called Morality Police on 13 September for not sporting her hijab correctly, greater than 300 individuals have been killed in protests, together with at the least 40 youngsters, based on newest UN human rights workplace data.

No less than 15,000 individuals have been arrested too “and the Iranian regime is now threatening protesters with the loss of life penalty,” mentioned International Minister Annalena Baerbock of Germany, which initially known as for the Particular Session: “And why? Solely as a result of these girls, males and youngsters need to benefit from the rights all of us need to get pleasure from: to reside in dignity and with out discrimination.”

Echoing that message, United States Human Rights Ambassador in Geneva Michèle Taylor instructed the Council that the individuals of Iran have been “demanding one thing so easy, one thing that almost all of us right here take without any consideration: the chance to talk and to be heard. We applaud their braveness, particularly the ladies, women and younger people who find themselves bravely demanding respect for his or her human rights and accountability for abuses.”


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