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Iran will not cooperate with UN probe into deadly crackdown of protests

Tehran, Nov 28 (EFE).- Iran said Monday it would not cooperate with the investigation the United Nations has launched into alleged human rights abuses during protests triggered by the death in police custody of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini.

“The Islamic Republic of Iran will not engage in any cooperation, whatsoever, with the political committee called the ‘fact-finding committee’,” the foreign ministry’s spokesperson Nasser Kanaani said at a news conference.

Kanaani labelled the resolution passed by the UN Human Rights Council last week with 25 votes in favor, six opposed and 16 abstentions, an “abuse.”

The resolution calls for the UN to “collect, consolidate and analyze evidence of such (Human rights) violations, and to preserve evidence” during the nationwide demonstrations that resulted in the death of more than 300 people, including 40 children, and the detention of 15,000 others so far.

Among those arrested are at least 2,000 people who stand accused of various crimes, six of whome have been sentenced to death.

Kanaani pointed fingers at Germany for being one of the main promoters of the resolution, a country he also blamed for masterminding the protests, along with the United States, Israel and France.

“The German government keeps claiming that it supports human rights, women’s rights and so on, but a government that has provoked two world wars cannot make those claims,” ​​the spokesman said.

Earlier in the day, the Iranian foreign ministry summoned the German ambassador in Tehran, Hans-Udo Muzel, in light of Berlin’s attitude toward Tehran.

Kanaani attended the press conference wearing a gas mask to recall that Western countries, Germany in particular, provided Baghdad with the necessary material to manufacture chemical weapons during the war between Iran and Iraq in the 1980s.

The protests that have swept across Iran broke out after Amini died in police custody in September following her arrest by the morality police for allegedly wearing her hijab incorrectly.EFE


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