Turkey called for an “independent, impartial and transparent investigative process” into human rights violations in Iran during a special session of the UN Human Rights Council on Thursday.
The Islamic Republic has been gripped by a wave of anti-government protests Mehsa AminiA 22-year-old Kurdish Iranian woman was detained by the moral police in September for allegedly not wearing a hijab.
Authorities have since a Deadly crackdown on the protestors with reports of Forced detention And Physical abuse being used to target the country’s Kurdish minority group. In a ___ A recent CNN investigationconfidential testimony revealed sexual abuse of protesters, including boys, in Iran’s detention centers since the start of the unrest.
Turkey told the 47-member Council of State in Geneva that security forces have responded to protests by using lethal force against unarmed protesters and bystanders who “pose no threat”.
According to Turk, more than 14,000 people, including children, have been arrested in connection with the protests. At least 21 of them are currently facing the death penalty and six have already been executed, he said.
Turk added that the unprecedented national uprising has engulfed more than 150 cities and 140 universities in all 31 provinces of Iran.
He said that we have received reports that the injured protestors are afraid of going to the hospital due to the risk of being arrested by the security forces.
“I am disturbed by reports that even children participating in protests at school are being arrested, hundreds of university students have been called in for questioning, threatened or to some extent Entry to the university campus is barred.
“I strongly urge those in power in Iran to respect the fundamental freedoms of expression, association and assembly.
“No society can be calculated or fossilized as it stands at a point in time. It is futile to attempt to do so against the will of its people.”
Tehran strongly condemned the “horrific and shameful” emergency session of the UN Human Rights Council, just as Iran’s foreign ministry announced a national committee to investigate deaths linked to the protest movement.
Iran’s deputy vice president for women and family affairs, Khadija Karimi, who represented Iran at Thursday’s meeting, condemned Germany’s “politically motivated” decision to convene the session, calling it “unfair objectives.” A systematic ploy for ”
Karimi said countries like Germany, Britain and France “lack the moral credibility to preach to others about human rights and to request a special session on Iran.”
He also defended the conduct of Iranian security forces and said the government had taken “necessary steps” following Amini’s “unfortunate” death in moral police custody.
Iran’s security forces’ violent response to protesters has strained diplomatic ties between Tehran and Western leaders.
The White House imposed its latest ban on Wednesday. A period of sanctions on three officials in Iran’s Kurdish region, after US Secretary of State Anthony Blanken said he was “deeply concerned that Iranian authorities are reportedly escalating violence against protesters.”
In an interview with Indian broadcaster NDTV on Thursday, Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister Ali Bagheri Khani said that outside powers were interfering in Iran’s internal affairs and creating a “false narrative”.