The UN plans to launch an international investigation
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Iran is in the crosshairs of the Human Rights Council. The United Nations organization meets this Thursday, November 24, in a special session on the issue of the repression of the protest movement born after the death of Mahsa Amini. There ” the bloody repression must end said the new High Commissioner for Human Rights, Volker Türk. What is at stake: the creation of an international fact-finding mission, a true test of credibility for the Council.
With our correspondent in Geneva, spear of jeremiah
For his first speech before the Human Rights Council, Volker Türk did not mince words against the mullahs’ regime. Children murdered by the security forces, women beaten in the street, mass arrests and harassment of the families of the victims, the High Commissioner took stock of the abuses committed by the authorities.
► To listen also: Iran: what way out for the protest movement?
A strong symbol for westerners.
He called on Tehran to listen to the demands for change.” legitimate of Iranian society, especially since it has been expressing them for a long time. “ In recent years, we have seen Iranians demonstrate for justice, equality, dignity and respect for human rights.said Volker Turk. The only response from the authorities was violence and repression. The old ways and the beleaguered fortress mentality of those in power don’t work. It only makes the situation worse. »
The Council must now decide whether to agree to create a commission of inquiry, as requested by the text of some fifty countries, including Germany and France. A positive vote probably wouldn’t change anything for the protesters. But a “no” would be a huge failure for Western countries that have already suffered a setback at the Human Rights Council over the Xinjiang issue.
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