Iran Is In A “Full-Fledged Human Rights Crisis”: UN Rights Chief

Iran is in a 'total human rights crisis': UN human rights chief

Protests in Iran: More than 14,000 people, including children, have been arrested in connection with the protests.


The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Volker Turk on Thursday said that an “official” crisis is unfolding in Iran amid a crackdown on protesters.

He said that Iran was in the midst of a “full-blown human rights crisis” as the regime cracked down on anti-regime dissidents, CNN reported.

The Islamic Republic has been gripped by a wave of anti-government protests that erupted after the death of Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old Kurdish woman of Iranian descent who was detained in September by ethics police for allegedly not wearing a scarf. properly cover your head.

CNN reported that Turkey called for an “independent, objective and transparent investigation process” into human rights violations in Iran during a special session of the United Nations Human Rights Council.

Authorities have waged a deadly crackdown on protesters, with reports of forced detention and physical abuse being used to target the country’s Kurdish minority.

In a recent CNN investigation, secret testimony revealed sexual violence against protesters, including boys, in Iranian detention centers since the beginning of the unrest. is fine.

Security forces are said to have responded to the protests by using lethal force against unarmed protesters and bystanders, who “posed no threat”. Turk spoke to a 47-member national council in Geneva.

According to Turk, more than 14,000 people, including children, have been arrested in connection with the protests. He said that at least 21 of them are now facing the death penalty and six have received the death penalty, CNN reported.

Turk added that an unprecedented nationwide uprising took place in more than 150 cities and 140 universities in all 31 provinces of Iran.

“We received reports that injured protesters were afraid to go to the hospital because of the risk of being arrested by security forces,” he said.

“I am concerned by reports that even children suspected of participating in protests have been arrested at their schools, hundreds of university students have been summoned for questioning, threatened or partially suspended their admission to the campus. university staff,” Turk said.

The UN rights chief continued to call on Iran to fully respect basic freedoms of speech, association and assembly, CNN reported.

Turk said: “No society can be calcified or fossilized because it can exist at a single point in time. Trying to do so, against the will of the people, is futile.”

Meanwhile, Tehran vehemently condemned the “horrible and shameful” emergency meeting of the United Nations Human Rights Council, just as Iran’s Foreign Ministry announced the establishment of a national commission to investigate the deaths related to the United Nations. related to the protest movement, CNN reported.

Vice President for Women and Family Affairs in Iran, Khadijeh Karimi, who represented Iran at the session on Thursday, condemned Germany’s decision to convene a “politically motivated” session, described it as “a ploy orchestrated for ulterior motives.”

Karimi said countries such as Germany, Britain and France lack “the moral credibility to convince others of human rights and demand a special session on Iran”.

She also defended the behavior of Iran’s security forces and said the government had taken “necessary measures” after Amini’s “unfortunate” death while in the custody of the ethics police, CNN reported.

The violent reaction of Iranian security forces to the protesters has shaken diplomatic relations between Tehran and Western leaders.

The White House on Wednesday imposed the latest round of sanctions on three officials in Iran’s Kurdish region, after US Secretary Antony Blinken said he was “very concerned that the Iranian regime is believed to be climbing scale of violence against protesters.”

(Except for the title, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from an aggregated feed.)

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