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Iran crackdown in spotlight at UN Human Rights Council

“Provocative”

Meanwhile, Tehran has lobbied vigorously against the resolution and its Western supporters.

Iran’s foreign ministry tweeted on Wednesday that “the United States and Europe are not in a position to pretend to be human rights defenders due to their long history of colonialism and human rights violations in other countries.”

Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdulahian recently tweeted that Germany’s response to Germany’s “provocative, interventionist and non-diplomatic stance” in Bearbok would be “appropriate and decisive”.

Germany and Iceland received broad support for their call to hold Thursday’s session, including more than a third of the 47-member Council.

Western diplomats expressed cautious optimism that the resolution would pass, but Germany’s foreign ministry spokesman Christopher Berger told reporters: “The success of obtaining a majority is not certain.” I admitted.

The Human Rights Council has seen growing backlash from countries such as China, Russia and Iran.

Last month, Western powers suffered a crushing defeat when an attempt to bring alleged Chinese abuses in Xinjiang to the agenda of the Council was thwarted.

“must pass”

However, Iran may struggle to block Thursday’s resolution.

The council has already expressed concern over Iran’s human rights record by appointing a so-called special rapporteur to oversee the country in 2011 and voting annually to renew that mandate.

“It should pass,” said Omid Memalyan, a democracy analyst for Arab World Now.

If so, it would provide a “huge moral boost” to protesters and send a warning to Iranian human rights violators that “the rest of the world will not be safe for them.”

https://www.channelnewsasia.com/world/un-iran-human-rights-council-spotlight-mass-crackdown-protests-mahsa-amini-3098086 Iran crackdown in spotlight at UN Human Rights Council

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