EXCLUSIVE United States to put United Nations focus on Iran protests

UNITED NATIONS, Oct 28 (Reuters) – The United States will focus next week at the United Nations on protests in Iran sparked by the death of a young woman in police custody and ways to launch a credible and independent investigation into human rights abuses in Iran. will search. .

The United States and Albania will hold an informal meeting of the UN Security Council on Wednesday, according to a memo seen by Reuters. Iranian Nobel Peace Prize laureate Shirin Ebadi and Iranian-born actress and activist Nozanin Boniadi are meeting.

The note says, “at this meeting, the continued suppression of women and girls and representatives of religious and ethnic groups in Iran will be emphasized.” It will identify opportunities for conducting credible and independent investigations into human rights abuses and human rights abuses by the Iranian government.”

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Independent investigators of the United Nations on human rights in Iran, Javid Rahmon, should also speak at the meeting, which may be attended by other UN member states and human rights organizations.

Iran has been rocked by protests since the death of 22-year-old Kurdish woman Mahsa Amini in police custody last month. The unrest has turned into a popular uprising of Iranians from all walks of life, bringing one of the most daring challenges to the clerical leadership since the 1979 revolution.

Iran blamed its foreign enemies and their agents for the unrest.

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Iran’s delegation to the United Nations in New York accused the United States and its allies of abusing their platform “to advance their political agenda.”

“Given the hypocrisy, the use of double standards and the selective treatment of human rights, we consider America’s claims to protect Iranian women to be deceptive and dishonest.”

Human rights organizations said that at least 250 protesters were killed and thousands arrested across the country. Women took a prominent part in the demonstrations, lifting and burning of the veils. The deaths of several teenage girls, who were reportedly killed during the protests, sparked further outrage.

In the note about the planned meeting, “this meeting will emphasize the continuation of the illegal use of force against the protesters and the Iranian regime’s persecution of human rights defenders and dissidents abroad for abducting or killing them in violation of international law.”

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UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric on Friday urged Iranian authorities to address the “legitimate complaints of the people, including women’s rights.”

“We condemn all incidents that have resulted in the death or serious injury of protesters and reiterate that security forces must refrain from any unnecessary or disproportionate use of force against peaceful protesters,” Dujarric told reporters. The guilty persons should be brought to justice.”

Reporting by Michelle Nichols; Edited by Daniel Wallis

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