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India Abstains From UN Vote To Probe Iran's Alleged Violations Of Human Rights
Since Amini's death after being arrested by Iran's so-called Morality Police for not properly wearing her hijab, more than 300 people have been killed in protests, including at least 40 children, according to the most recent UN human rights office data
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India abstained from voting on a UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) resolution to establish a fact-finding mission to investigate alleged Human Rights violations against protesters in Iran that began on 16 September.
“At its 35th special session, the UN Human Rights Council decided to create a new fact-finding mission to investigate alleged Human Rights Violations in the Islamic Republic of Iran related to the protests that began on 16 September 2022,” the UN Human Rights Council said on Twitter.
This resolution came amid protests after Mahsa Amini, 22, was arrested by Iran's morality police for wearing an ‘inappropriate’ headscarf and later died, prompting allegations of custodial violence.
Apart from India, Malaysia, Indonesia, the United Arab Emirates and Kazakhstan had also abstained from the resolution. Meanwhile, Pakistan and China have opposed the resolution.
However, the resolution was passed by the UNHRC with 25 votes in favour, six against and 16 abstentions at a special session of the 47-member human rights body. The Human Rights Council has now established a fact-finding mission in relation to the protests in Iran.
According to UN News, this comes in response to UN human rights chief Volker Turk's call for an independent investigation.
During the meeting, the UN High Commissioner emphasised how security forces, “particularly the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and Basij forces, have used live ammunition, birdshot and other metal pellets, teargas and batons” against the protest movement, which has spread to 150 cities and 140 universities across Iran.
Before calling for an independent investigation into all alleged human rights violations, the High Commissioner said that his Office had received “multiple messages” about the incident from Iran, “including domestic investigations.”
According to Turk, these efforts “failed to meet international standards of impartiality, independence and transparency.”
In response to the High Commissioner’s remarks, Iran's representative, Khadijeh Karimi, Deputy Vice President for Women and Family Affairs, insisted that the Government had taken “necessary measures” to seek justice following Amini's death. These included the establishment of an independent parliamentary investigation commission and a forensic medical team.
“However, prior to the formal announcement of the probe analysis, a number of Western authorities’ biassed and hasty reaction, as well as their interventions in internal Iranian affairs, turned peaceful assemblies into riots and violence,” she added.
Since Amini's death after being arrested by Iran's so-called Morality Police for not properly wearing her hijab, more than 300 people have been killed in protests, including at least 40 children, according to the most recent UN human rights office data.