U.N. to Investigate Iran’s Alleged Human-Rights Violations During Protests

The United Nations Human Rights Council voted to investigate alleged human-rights abuses by Iranian authorities that have occurred during the two-month-old protest movement that has swept the country.

At a special session in Geneva, a majority of the council on Thursday voted in favor of establishing an independent fact-finding mission to look into alleged human-rights violations in Iran since the outbreak of the protests in mid-September, including “the gender dimensions of such violations.”

Human-rights defenders have accused Iranian security forces of sexually abusing female and male prisoners arrested in the protests, among other crimes.

Volker Türk, the United Nations high commissioner for human rights, urged Iranian authorities to end their “unnecessary and disproportionate use of violence” against protesters, saying the country was in a “full-fledged human rights crisis.”

Of the council’s 47 members, 25 countries voted in favor of the resolution, including the U.S. Sixteen countries abstained, and six nations—China, Armenia, Cuba, Eritrea, Pakistan and Venezuela—voted against.

Iran, which isn’t a member of the council, has rejected any criticism of its treatment of protesters, whom it labels rioters, and has accused them of paving the way for several terrorist attacks in the country since September.

Iran’s deputy vice president for women and family affairs, Khadijeh Karimi, told the session that Western countries such as Germany—which called the session—and the U.S. “lack the moral credibility to preach others on human rights.”

Iran has accused Western nations of sheltering dissidents whom it considers terrorists and of violating Iranian human rights through sanctions.

“Those who claim the championship of human rights target the lives of Iranian women and children through imposing or implementing inhumane unilateral sanctions, and supporting terrorist activities against them,” she said.

The U.N. session was convened amid a rising death toll in Iran’s western Kurdistan region, where security forces are conducting an increasingly militarized response to the nationwide protests that were triggered by the death in police custody of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini. Ms. Amini had been detained for allegedly breaching the country’s Islamic dress code.

U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Volker Türk on Thursday said Iran was in a ‘full-fledged human rights crisis.’


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At least 440 people, including about 60 children, have been killed in clashes with security forces since the protests erupted in mid-September, according to the nonprofit Human Rights Activists in Iran. At least 42 people have been killed since Nov. 15 by Iranian security forces in Iran’s Kurdish region, according to Kurdish human-rights groups and Amnesty International.

Several people have been sentenced to death for their role in the protests and more than 1,000 have been indicted, according to the Iranian judiciary.

“We have seen waves of protests over the past years calling for justice, equality, dignity and respect for human rights. They have been met with violence and repression. The unnecessary and disproportionate use of violence must come to an end,” Mr. Türk told the session in Geneva.

Amnesty International called Thursday’s resolution a landmark decision.

“While the fact-finding mission should have come far sooner, today’s vote sends a clear message to the Iranian authorities that they can no longer commit crimes under international law without fear of consequences,” the group said in a statement.

Military helicopters were seen flying at low altitude over several cities in Kurdistan on Thursday, including Marivan, Sardasht, Bukan, according to Hengaw, a human-rights organization based in Norway, focused on Iranian Kurdistan. More than two dozen towns and cities in western Iran were shut down on Thursday as part of a broadening strike of shopkeepers and workers across the nation, according to Hengaw.

Despite crackdowns and internet shutdowns, demonstrations against the Iranian government have grown into one of the biggest challenges to its leadership in four decades. WSJ maps out how protests have bubbled up across the Iranian society. Photo composite: Adam Adada

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