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UN rights chief – full-fledged disaster underway in Iran…


The physique is debating a movement introduced by a bunch of some 50 nations led by Germany and Iceland to create a brand new investigative fact-finding mission to probe alleged abuses since a wave of protests started over the loss of life in custody of 22-year-old Kurdish lady Mahsa Amini on Sept. 16.

The assembly is seen as a key take a look at of the West’s clout throughout the council following a thwarted try to create larger scrutiny of China’s human rights report last month.

“We at the moment are in a full-fledged human rights disaster,” Excessive Commissioner of Human Rights Volker Turk mentioned in his first handle to the council since beginning final month.

“The pointless and disproportionate use of pressure should come to an finish,” he mentioned. Turk added that thus far, greater than 300 folks have been killed within the protests, together with greater than 40 youngsters, whereas round 14,000 have been arrested.

Tehran’s consultant referred to as the talk disgraceful and appalling.

Iran has been lobbying towards the movement and despatched a delegation to Geneva earlier this month to induce nations to vote towards the decision in addition to despatched diplomatic missions a collection of paperwork seen by Reuters.

(Reporting by Emma Farge; Modifying by Maria Sheahan and Miranda Murray)

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