Iran says it will not cooperate with any UN fact-finding mission to investigate the clerical regime’s deadly repression of protests demanding more freedoms and women's rights, after the United Nations' top human rights body voted to set up the mission last week.
“The Islamic Republic of Iran will not engage in any cooperation, whatsoever, with the political committee called the ‘fact-finding committee’”, Foreign Ministry spokesman Nasser Kanaani said on November 28.
Kanaani’s comments come four days after the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council voted to appoint an independent investigation into the state clampdown on protests, which has killed more than 400 people, including over 50 children. Thousands of people have also been arrested.
UN human rights chief Volker Turk called on the Iranian authorities “to stop using violence and harassment against peaceful protesters and to release all those arrested for peacefully protesting, as well as crucially, to impose a moratorium on the death penalty.”
The wave of protests was sparked by the September death of a 22-year-old woman, Mahsa Amini, in the custody of Tehran’s morality police. She had been arrested for an alleged breach of the country's strict dress code.
Iran has blamed foreign foes and their agents for the unrest, which has posed one of the boldest challenges to Iran’s clerical rulers since the 1979 Islamic revolution.