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Iran Declines UN’s Request To Probe Ongoing Protest

On Monday, November 28, 2022, Iran rejected a newly appointed sovereign United Nations investigation into the country’s anti-government protests which are fast degenerating into revolt and repression by the government, through its foreign ministry’s spokesperson, Nasser Kanaani.

“Iran will have no cooperation with the political committee formed by the UN Rights Council,” Kanaani said.

According to Reuters, the UN Rights Council voted on Thursday to appoint an investigation into Iran’s deadly clampdown on protests.

The UN rights commissioner, Volker Turk had earlier asked that Iran end its “disproportionate” use of force in quelling protests that erupted after the death in custody of a 22-year-old Kurdish woman Mahsa Amini on September 16.”

As of November 26, there had reportedly been over 450 demonstrators killed around the country, including 63 minors.

Additionally, it was discovered that 18,173 protestors had been jailed and 60 members of the security forces had been killed.

Protesters from all walks of life have torched images of Khamenei and demanded the overthrow of Iran’s Shi’ite Muslim theocracy as part of their ongoing demonstrations against the legitimacy of the Islamic Republic.

The protests have mainly focused on women’s rights – Amini was detained by morality police for attire deemed inappropriate under Iran’s Islamic dress code – but have also called for the fall of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

Since the religious ruling class in Iran came to power during the Islamic revolution in 1979, the unrest has presented one of the most audacious threats. Major protests have, however, previously been put down by the government.

Iran has nonetheless laid the blame for the turmoil at the feet of foreign adversaries and their agents.

Kanaani also backed President Ebrahim Raisi’s assertions that Iran had evidence linking Western countries to the country’s recent wave of protests.

“We have specific information proving that the US, Western countries, and some American allies have had a role in the protests,” Kanaani said.

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