The Human Rights Council approved an independent mission that will study the events that took place in the country on September 16, after the death of Mahsa Amini
Antony Blinken is confident that the UN investigation into the violence in Iran will allow the repressors to be identified (REUTERS)
United Statescelebrated on Thursday the decision of the United Nations Human Rights Council to approve an independent mission to investigate the repression and violence in Iran. In this sense, he trusted that thanks to this it would be possible to identify the repressors.
“The investigative mission established today will help to guarantee that those involved in the violent repression of the Iranian people and document their actions,” said US Secretary of State Antony Blinken.
Tuit by Antony Blinken after the UN session (Twitter: @SecBlinken)
In a session convened especially for this purpose, the body approved a mission to investigate possible violations of fundamental freedoms committed by the Iranian regime. The police forces are under scrutiny due to the hundreds of deaths that occurred in the framework of the protests that, since September 16, have filled the streets and universities throughout the country as a sign of protest against current laws and impositions about women.
The measure got the green light thanks to 25 votes in favor, 16 abstentions and six against -from China, Cuba, Eritrea, Armenia, Pakistan and Venezuela-.
So far, There have already been more than 300 deaths -40 of them children- and close to 15,000 detainees. That is why the Council's decision reflects that the body “recognizes the seriousness of the situation,” Blinken continued in a statement.
Now more than 300 deaths -40 of them children- and nearly 15,000 detainees have been recorded since the start of the protests (REUTERS)
In order to carry out such investigations and collect relevant evidence, Iran must allow a unimpeded access to experts on the mission. Also, the regime must grant full freedom of movement to the UN special rapporteur for the country, Javaid Rehman.
The results of the investigation will be presented in a first instance during the 53rd session of the Council, which will take place in mid-2023.
On the other hand, the US representative reiterated his country's intention to expel Iran from the main United Nations commission on women given the crackdown on protests.
“It is important that the international community work together to ensure that Iran does not play any role in the UN or other international bodies charged with protecting and promoting women's human rights,” Blinken added.
States The United States reiterated its call for the expulsion of Iran from the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (AFP)
Earlier this month, Vice President Kamala Harris – the first woman to reach that position – had already advanced this request and had said that Washington will work with its allies to remove Iran from the Commission of the body on the Legal and Social Condition of Women, which is currently made up of 45 countries.
Meanwhile, during a UN special session on Thursday, human rights chief Volker Turk demanded an end to the “unnecessary” use of of force against protests in Iran and urged “the government and rulers to listen”. Also, during his first appearance since taking office, he noted that Iran is mired in “a full-blown human rights crisis”.
“ The unnecessary and disproportionate use of force must end. The old ways and the fortress mentality of those in power simply don't work. In fact, they only aggravate the situation,” he denounced.
(With information from EFE)
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