The UN Human Rights Council on Thursday decided to appoint an independent inquiry into Iran’s deadly crackdown on protests, a move that activists cheered as a crackdown in Kurdish areas intensified in recent days. handed over.
UN Rights Commissioner Volker Turk calls for an end to the “unjustifiable” use of force to quell protests that erupted after the death of 22-year-old Kurdish woman Masa Amini in custody on September 16. demanded of Iran.
The protests have focused specifically on women’s rights – Amini was detained by moral police for clothing deemed inappropriate under Iran’s Islamic dress code – but Supreme Leader Ayatollah They are calling for the downfall of Ali Khamenei.
The ruckus has become one of the most daring challenges for Iran’s ruling clerical elite since the 1979 Islamic Revolution brought Iran to power, but authorities have overshadowed previous mass protests. has been suppressed.
A mission appointed by Thursday’s Council on Rights vote will collect evidence of human rights abuses during the authorities’ deadly crackdown. It was used in the prosecution of an accused German Syrian ex-officer.
Earlier, Tehran’s representative, Khadije Karimi, accused the West of using the Council of Rights to target Iran.
Thursday’s vote was seen as a test of Western influence on the Security Council as China submitted a last-minute amendment to remove the inquiry, but it was ultimately passed easily.
Iran faces a “full-blown human rights crisis”, with 14,000 people, including children, arrested, Turkey’s state secretary said, adding that Tehran responded to his request to visit the country. said there wasn’t.
Iran has not released a death toll among demonstrators, but Deputy Foreign Minister Ali Bagheri Khani said on Thursday that about 50 police officers had been killed and hundreds injured in the riots.
It did not say whether the figure also included the deaths of other security forces, such as the Basij and the Revolutionary Guard.
The crackdown has been particularly intense in the Kurdish region located in western Iran, where the UN Human Rights Observatory this week noted reports of 40 deaths there last week.
A parliamentarian in the predominantly Kurdish city of Mahabad said he had been repeatedly issued subpoenas by judicial authorities for his support of protesters.
“The judiciary has filed a complaint against me on behalf of the mourning people in exchange for protecting the legal rights of the protesters and the families of the victims in the Mahabad and Kurdish cities,” it said. Jalal Mahmzadeh tweeted on Wednesday.
Prominent Sunni Muslim cleric Moravi Abdulhamid, a member of the southeastern Baluchi minority, has been an outspoken critic of the treatment of predominantly Sunni ethnic minorities by the predominantly Shiite ruling elite. He opposed oppression.
“Dear Iranian Kurds, they have endured a lot of suffering, including severe ethnic discrimination, severe religious pressure, poverty, and economic hardship.Do you just respond to their protests with bullets of war?” he tweeted on Wednesday.
Several Sunni religious scholars from the northwestern city of Urmia issued a video posted by the activist HRANA news agency in support of the protests, calling for the release of prisoners and an end to the killing of demonstrators. Reuters was unable to immediately confirm the authenticity of the video.
The US Treasury Department said Wednesday it had imposed sanctions on three Iranian security officials over crackdowns in Kurdish-majority areas.