UN Human Rights Council convenes emergency meeting

UN Human Rights Council convenes emergency meeting

The special session seeks to discuss the situation in the country, where at least 326 people died at the hands of the security forces during the protests after the death of the young Mahsa Amini.

The UN Human Rights Council announced yesterday that it will hold a special session on November 24 to discuss the deterioration of human rights in Iran, where at least 326 people have died at the hands of security forces during the protests that shake the country. .

The special session was requested by Germany and Iceland, which obtained support from 17 of the 47 member countries of the Council, including Argentina, Mexico, the United States, France and the United Kingdom. Another 27 countries not currently members of the Council but participating in it as observers also showed their express support for holding this session, including Spain, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Portugal, Australia and Canada.

This petition comes eight weeks after a protest movement began in Iran following the death of Mahsa Amini.

The Human Rights Council usually holds three annual sessions (each lasting approximately one month) but in cases of emergency it can also organize special meetings, to pass condemnatory resolutions or even UN-sponsored international fact-finding missions.

The one on Iran will be the second special session to be held this year, after the one convened in May to discuss Russia’s human rights violations during its current invasion of Ukraine.

Among the 326 deaths from the repression of the protests there are at least 43 minors and 25 women, according to the latest count by the NGO, Iran Human Rights, based in Oslo.

Thousands of peaceful protesters were arrested, according to human rights experts, including many women, children, lawyers, activists and journalists.

The protests in various Iranian cities are led above all by young people and women shouting “woman, life, freedom”; slogans against the government are launched in them and veils are burned, one of the symbols of the Islamic Republic and something unthinkable not long ago.

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