Yesterday, the United Nations Human Rights Council decided to form an independent commission to investigate the crackdown on protests in Iran, in a move aimed at gathering evidence in preparation for possible prosecutions.
This decision came during an emergency meeting of the Council in Geneva, and it discussed a draft submitted by Germany and Iceland to consider all violations related to the suppression of protests in Iran. 25 Member States voted in favor, six voted against (Armenia, China, Cuba, Eritrea, Pakistan and Venezuela), and 16 abstained.
The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Volker Türk, called on Iran to stop the excessive use of force to crush the protests, pointing out that Iran is witnessing “a full-fledged crisis in the field of human rights, with about 14,000 arrested so far, including children.” This is a shocking number. He said that Tehran did not respond to his request to visit the country.
The resolution provides for sending an investigation committee to Iran to look into violations related to the suppression of protests.
“The Iranian people are asking for something very simple, something most of us take for granted: the ability to speak and to be heard,” said US Ambassador Michele Taylor.
Tehran’s representative at the Geneva meeting, Khadija Karimi, accused Western countries of using the “Human Rights Council” to target Iran.
On the sidelines of the meeting, German Foreign Minister Analina Baerbock told reporters, “We don’t know if it can save lives tomorrow, but what we know for sure is that it will mean justice… justice for the people.”