After the call from the UN, the Iranian reaction was quick.

This Thursday, Volker Türk, the United Nations human rights chief, urged Iran before the Human Rights Council to stop the bloody crackdown on protests.

Western countries "lack moral credibility" to criticize Iran, reacted Khadijeh Karimi, an Iranian official during an emergency meeting of the Human Rights Council in Geneva.

This Thursday, the 47 member states of the highest UN human rights body meet urgently to discuss the "deterioration of the human rights situation" in Iran, at the request of more than 50 countries members of the UN and at the initiative of Germany and Iceland.

“The unnecessary and disproportionate use of force must stop.

Old ways and the beleaguered fortress mentality of those in power just don't work.

In fact, they only aggravate the situation”, declared Volker Türk, at the opening of the meeting.

A team of human rights investigators appointed?

For two months, the repression has killed at least 416 people, including 51 children, according to the NGO Iran Human Rights (IHR).

This wave of protest (born from demands for women after the death of Mahsa Amini, arrested for having worn the Islamic veil incorrectly and which turned into a challenge to power) is unprecedented in its scope and nature since the Islamic Revolution of 1979 .

According to Volker Türk, 14,000 peaceful demonstrators were also arrested.

Iranian justice has already pronounced six death sentences in connection with the demonstrations.

The Council will decide this Thursday whether to appoint a team of high-level investigators to shed light on all human rights violations linked to the crackdown on protests.


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