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U.N. Rights Body Deplores Iran Crackdown, Establishes Probe

German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock attends a special Human Rights Council session at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, Thursday, Nov. 24, 2022. (Martial Trezzini/Keystone via AP)
German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock attends a special Human Rights Council session at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, Thursday, Nov. 24, 2022. (Martial Trezzini/Keystone via AP)

The U.N. Human Rights Council voted Thursday to condemn the bloody crackdown on peaceful protests in Iran and create an independent fact-finding mission to investigate alleged abuses, particularly those committed against women and children.

A resolution put forward by Germany and Iceland was backed by 25 countries, including the United States and many European, Latin American, Asian and African nations. Six countries opposed the move — China, Pakistan, Cuba, Eritrea, Venezuela and Armenia — while 16 abstained.

The United Nations’ top human rights official had earlier appealed to Iran’s government to halt the crackdown against protesters, but Tehran’s envoy at a special Human Rights Council on the country’s “deteriorating” rights situation was defiant and unbowed, blasting the initiative as “politically motivated.”

The protests were triggered by the death, more than two months ago, of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini while in the custody of the morality police for violating a strictly enforced Islamic dress code.

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