The UN Human Rights Council has handed a movement to arrange a fact-finding mission to look into the mass protests in Iran which have taken place over the previous two months, following the demise in custody of 22-year-old Kurdish girl Mahsa Amini in Tehran on September 16.
In a vote on November 24, a decision was handed by 25 votes in favour, with six votes towards and 16 abstentions. Among the many nations to vote in favour have been the U.S., UK, Japan and Libya. Amongst these to abstain have been Iran’s neighbors on the 47-member council, the UAE and Qatar.
An effort by China to water down the movement was rejected. China’s envoy Jiang Yingfeng had informed the assembly that the movement “clearly won’t assist resolve the issue”.
The assembly had been convened on the request of Germany and Iceland to debate the deteriorating human rights scenario in Iran.
It was addressed at the beginning by the UN Excessive Commissioner for Human Rights Volker Turk who stated “We’ve seen waves of protests over the previous years, calling for justice, equality, dignity and respect for human rights. They’ve been met with violence and repression. The pointless and disproportionate use of pressure should come to an finish.
“The outdated strategies and the fortress mentality of those that wield energy merely don’t work. In truth, they solely worsen the scenario. We are actually in a full-fledged human rights disaster.”
Turk stated there had reportedly been protests in “over 150 cities and 140 universities in all 31 provinces of Iran” since mid-September and that “a conservative estimate of the demise toll thus far stands at over 300, together with not less than 40 kids.”
He added that round 14,000 individuals, together with kids, have thus far been arrested within the context of the protests and that not less than 21 of these arrested face the demise penalty.
Iran’s consultant argued towards the movement and closely criticized the European nations which had known as the assembly.
In her handle to the council, Iran’s Khadijeh Karimi stated “the political motivated transfer of Germany to distort the scenario of human rights in Iran is an orchestrated ploy for ulterior motives which might lead nowhere, however to drive the Human Rights Council from its real mandate.”
She was additionally vital of the U.S., saying “Anti-Iran TV stations based mostly within the UK and U.S. acted as provocateurs of hatred, inciting violence and terrorism throughout the riots.”