UNITED NATIONS, Oct 28 (Reuters) – The United States will next week bring protests sparked by the death of a young woman in police custody to the attention of the United Nations, seeking a credible and independent investigation into Iran’s human rights abuses. .
The United States and Albania will hold an informal meeting of the UN Security Council on Wednesday, according to a note reported by Reuters. Shirin Ebadi, the Iranian Nobel Peace Prize winner, and Nazanin Boniadi, an Iranian-born actress and activist, are going to make an announcement.
“The meeting will highlight the repression of women, girls and members of religious and ethnic minorities in Iran,” the note said. “This will determine the ability of the Iranian government to support credible and independent investigations into human rights violations and abuses.”
Javid Rehman, the UN’s independent investigator for human rights in Iran, will also make a presentation at the meeting, which can be attended by other UN member states and human rights organizations.
Protests have been raging in Iran since Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old Kurdish woman, died in police custody last month. The chaos has turned into a popular uprising by Iranians from all walks of life, one of the boldest challenges to the clerics since the 1979 revolution.
Iran blames foreign enemies and their proxies for the chaos.
Iran’s mission to the United Nations in New York accused the United States and its allies of abusing its agenda “to advance their political agenda.”
“Given its hypocrisy, use of double standards, and selective use of human rights, we find the US statement of support for Iranian women deceptive and ill-intentioned,” it said.
At least 250 protesters have been killed and thousands arrested across the country, according to human rights groups. Women played a central role in the demonstration, removing their veils and burning them. Reports of the deaths of several teenage girls during the protests have fueled further anger.
“The meeting will highlight the illegal use of force against protesters and the Iranian regime’s attempts to abduct and kill human rights defenders and dissidents abroad in violation of international law,” reads a note on the planned meeting.
UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric on Friday called on Iranian authorities to address “the legitimate grievances of the population, including women’s rights.”
“We condemn all cases of death and serious injury to protesters and reaffirm that security forces must avoid the unnecessary and abusive use of force against peaceful protesters,” Dujarric told reporters. “Those responsible must be held accountable.”
Reporting by Michelle Nichols; Directed by Daniel Wallis
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