UN: Denounces useless and disproportionate use of force by Iran

The bloody crackdown on protests rocking Iran “must stop”, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights said today before the UN Human Rights Council, which is set to decide whether to launch an international investigation into the atrocities blamed on Tehran.

The 47 member states of the top UN human rights body are holding an emergency meeting to discuss the “deteriorating human rights situation” in Iran, at the request of more than 50 UN member states and at the initiative of Germany and Iceland.

“The useless and disproportionate use of power must stop. The old methods and fortress-besieged mentality of those in power simply do not work. In fact, all they succeed in is making the situation worse,” Volker Turk said at the start of the emergency meeting. In Iran “we are facing a human rights crisis in full swing”, he stressed.

“The Iranian protesters do not have a seat at the Human Rights Council in Geneva, they do not have a voice at the United Nations,” German Foreign Minister Analena Burbock said before the meeting.

Thus the Council “can raise its voice for the indivisible rights of the Iranian people,” added Burbock, who will attend the meeting.

Over two months, the crackdown in Iran has claimed the lives of at least 416 people, including 51 children, according to the Norway-based non-governmental organization Iran Human Rights (IHR).

This wave of contestation – born out of pro-women claims after the death of Mahsa Amini, who was arrested for not wearing the headscarf properly, which then turned into a challenge to power – is unprecedented in its scope and nature , since the Islamic Revolution of 1979.

According to Turk, 14,000 protesters have also been arrested, “an unbelievable number”.

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Iranian justice has already imposed six death sentences in connection with the protests.

The Council must decide today whether to appoint a high-level commission of inquiry to shed light on all human rights violations linked to the crackdown on the protests.

According to the draft decision, presented by Germany and Iceland, this independent international commission of inquiry should also examine “the gender-related dimension of violence”.

Said committee will gather evidence of violations and preserve it for use in future prosecutions.

Source: RES-MPE

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