EXCLUSIVE US to focus UN attention on protests in Iran

UNITED NATIONS, Oct 28 (Reuters) – The United States will bring protests in Iran sparked by the death of a young woman in police custody into the United Nations spotlight next week and seek ways to promote credible and independent reports on Iranian human rights abuses. .

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

“The meeting will shed light on the ongoing crackdown against women and girls and members of religious and ethnic minority groups in Iran,” the note said. “He will identify opportunities to promote credible and independent investigations into human rights violations and abuses by the Iranian government.”

The UN’s independent human rights investigator in Iran, Javaid Rehman, is also due to address the meeting, which may be attended by other UN member states and rights groups. .

Iran has been plagued by protests since the death of a 22-year-old Kurd, Mahsa Amini, in police custody last month. The unrest has turned into a popular revolt by Iranians from all walks of life, posing one of the boldest challenges to clerical leadership since the 1979 revolution.

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

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

“Given its hypocrisy, use of a double standard, and selective enforcement of human rights, we find US claims of support for Iranian women to be misleading and lacking in good faith. “, did he declare.

Rights groups said at least 250 protesters had been killed and thousands arrested across the country. Women played a prominent role in the protests, removing and burning veils. The deaths of several teenage girls who were allegedly killed in protests fueled further anger.

“The meeting will highlight the illegal use of force against protesters and the Iranian regime’s pursuit of human rights defenders and dissidents abroad to abduct or murder them in violation of international law,” reads -on in the note about the scheduled meeting.

UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric on Friday urged the Iranian authorities to respond to the “legitimate grievances of the population, particularly with regard to women’s rights”.

“We condemn all incidents that have resulted in death or serious injury among protesters and reaffirm that security forces must avoid unnecessary or disproportionate use of force against peaceful protesters,” Dujarric told reporters. “Those responsible must be held accountable.”

Reporting by Michelle Nichols; Editing by Daniel Wallis

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