An emergency meeting to deal with the situation.

The United Nations Human Rights Council announced on Monday that it would hold a session on November 24 in Geneva on Iran, rocked by weeks of protests repressed by the authorities.

This decision was taken after a request on Friday from the ambassadors of Germany and Iceland to the United Nations.

The support of 16 of the 47 member states of the Human Rights Council - more than a third - is needed to convene a special session in addition to the three regular sessions organized each year.

At least 326 dead in protests

For the moment, 44 countries, including 17 members of the Council, have approved the German-Icelandic request, according to the body.

The move follows eight weeks of protests in Iran, sparked by the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini after she was arrested for breaking strict Sharia-inspired dress rules for women in the country.

At least 326 people were killed in the crackdown on the protests, according to the Oslo-based NGO Iran Human Rights (IHR).

The protests have evolved into a broad movement against the theocracy that has ruled Iran since the shah's fall in 1979.

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


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