UN Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights Situation in Iran Javaid Rehman in a meeting with US Ambassador to UN Linda Thomas-Greenfield  (October 25, 2022)

UN Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights Situation in Iran Javaid Rehman in a meeting with US Ambassador to UN Linda Thomas-Greenfield

US Envoy To UN Meets Special Rapporteur On Iran’s Human Rights

Wednesday, 10/26/2022

The United States is apparently pushing the United Nations to hold the Islamic Republic accountable for its violent crackdown on antigovernment protests. 

During a meeting on Wednesday the US Ambassador to UN Linda Thomas-Greenfield and Javaid Rehman, the UN Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights Situation in Iran reiterated calls for an independent investigation to hold those responsible for the violence being carried out by the government of Iran accountable.

Appreciating the Special Rapporteur’s reporting on the human rights situation, the US ambassador especially thanked Rehman for his work to highlight Iran’s continuing repression of peaceful protesters and the rights of women and girls.

Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield repeated Washington’s stance that it will “continue to stand with the brave Iranian people as they call for equal rights and basic human dignity.”

Earlier this month, White House National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan said that the entire world is watching the current situation in Iran, reiterating that the United States stands with the Iranians.

Washington on October 6 imposed sanctions on seven Iranian officials over the shutdown of internet access and the crackdown on peaceful protesters. The EU is also putting significant pressure on Iran to stop Tehran from mistreatment of citizens.

Since the protests started over the death in custody of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini, several human rights bodies and NGOs have called on the international community to "support calls for the establishment of an independent international investigative and accountability mechanism to address the prevailing crisis of impunity in Iran."

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