EXCLUSIVE United States to put United Nations focus on Iran protests

United Nations, Oct 28 (Reuters) – The United Nations will focus on the Iranian protests in Iran to find ways to promote credible and independent investigations into Iran’s 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 will make brief presentations.

“This meeting will highlight the ongoing oppression of women and girls and members of religious and ethnic minorities in Iran,” the statement said. “It will identify opportunities to promote credible and independent investigations into human rights violations and abuses by the Iranian regime.”

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Javaid Rehman, the independent UN investigator on human rights in Iran, will also address the conference, which will be attended by other UN member states and human rights groups.

Protests have erupted in Iran since Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old Kurdish woman, died in police custody last month. The unrest turned into a popular revolt by Iranians from all walks of life, one of the boldest challenges to the writer’s leadership since the 1979 revolution.

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

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Iran’s mission to the United Nations in New York accused the US and its allies of abusing their platform to further their political agenda.

“We find US advocacy to deceive and discredit Iranian women because of its hypocrisy, use of double standards and selective use of human rights,” it said.

Human rights groups say at least 250 protesters have been killed and thousands arrested across the country. In the protests, women played an important role in removing veils and burning them. The death of several teenage girls during the protests has fueled anger.

“This meeting will highlight the illegal use of force against protesters and the Iranian government’s pursuit of arresting or killing human rights defenders in violation of international law,” read a statement about the planned meeting.

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U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said: “We urged the Iranian authorities on Friday to address the public’s legitimate grievances regarding women’s rights.”

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

Reporting by Michelle Nichols; Edited by Daniel Wallis.

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