The foreign ministry of Iran announced on Monday that the country will reject a newly constituted independent U.N. probe into the country's suppression of anti-government protests. The protests have not subsided yet.
Tehran: The foreign ministry of Iran announced on Monday that the country will reject a newly constituted independent U.N. probe into the country’s suppression of anti-government protests. The protests have not subsided yet.
According to ministry spokesman Nasser Kanaani, “Iran will not have collaboration with the political committee established by the U.N. Rights Council.”
On Thursday, the United Nations Human Rights Council decided to launch an investigation into Iran’s deadly crackdown on protesters.
Volker Turk, the U.N. rights commissioner, had earlier called on Iran to stop using “disproportionate” amounts of force to suppress demonstrations that started when Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old Kurdish woman, died in jail on September 16.
Protesters from all walks of life have torched images of Khamenei and demanded the overthrow of Iran’s Shi’ite Muslim theocracy in an effort to hasten the downfall of Iran’s Shi’ite Muslim theocracy.
Activist news agency HRANA reported at least 450 protesters, including 63 minors, were killed in two months due to nationwide protests. It is expected that 60 security personnel were also killed and 18,173 protesters detained.
The protests have focused on women’s rights, with Amini becoming a victim due to her inappropriate dress, which violated Iran’s Islamic dress code, but now protesters are calling for the ouster of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
Iran has made it clear that foreign enemies and their agents are trying to spread unrest in Iran. US and western nations and several American allies were involved in the huge protests that have created a ruckus in the country, Kanaani said on Monday.
Iran has given no official death toll for protesters, but a deputy foreign minister, Ali Bagheri Kani, has said that about 50 police had died and hundreds had been injured in the unrest, the first official figure for deaths among security forces.