The UN Excessive Commissioner for Human Rights stated on Tuesday that the scenario in Iran was “crucial”, describing a hardening of the authorities’ response to protests which have resulted in additional than 300 deaths up to now two months.
“The rising variety of deaths from protests in Iran, together with these of two youngsters on the weekend, and the hardening of the response by safety forces, underline the crucial scenario within the nation,” stated a spokesperson for UN human rights chief Volker Turk at a Geneva information briefing.
The Islamic Republic has been gripped by nationwide protests for the reason that demise of 22-year-old Kurdish lady Mahsa Amini in morality police custody on Sept. 16 after she was arrested for sporting garments deemed “inappropriate”.
Tehran has blamed overseas enemies and their brokers for orchestrating the protests, which have was a well-liked revolt by Iranians from all layers of society, posing one of many boldest challenges to the clerical rulers for the reason that 1979 revolution.
Iran’s World Cup workforce declined to sing their anthem earlier than their opening World Cup match on Monday in an indication of assist for the protests.
Later this week, the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva will maintain a debate on the protests anticipated to be attended by diplomats in addition to witnesses and victims.
A proposal to be mentioned on the session seeks to determine a fact-finding mission on the crackdown in Iran. Any proof of abuses such a physique may discover may later be used earlier than nationwide and worldwide courts, a UN doc confirmed.
The Workplace of the Excessive Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) stated that greater than 300 individuals had been killed to date, together with greater than 40 youngsters. These deaths occurred throughout the nation, with deaths reported in 25 of 31 provinces.
In the identical briefing, OHCHR spokesperson Jeremy Laurence additionally voiced concern concerning the scenario in primarily Kurdish cities the place it has reviews of greater than 40 individuals killed by safety forces over the previous week.
Iranian state media stated final month that greater than 46 safety forces, together with police, had been killed within the protests. Authorities officers haven’t supplied an estimate of any wider demise rely.