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Iran rejects UN investigation into protests

(Reuters) – Iran will reject a newly appointed independent UN investigation into the suppression of anti-government protests, the foreign ministry said on Monday.

“Iran will not cooperate with the political committee formed by the UN Human Rights Council,” said ministry spokesman Nasser Kanani.

The UN Human Rights Council on Thursday decided to commission an investigation into Iran’s deadly crackdown on protests.

UN Rights Commissioner Volker Turk has said Iran has used “unjustifiable” force to quell protests that erupted after the death of a 22-year-old Kurdish woman, Masa Amini, in custody on September 16. I’ve asked you to stop before.

Activist news agency HRANA said 450 protesters, including 63 minors, had died as of Nov. 26 in more than two months of nationwide rioting. 60 members of the security forces were killed and 18,173 protesters were detained.

Protesters from all walks of life who challenge the legitimacy of the Islamic Republic have burned pictures of Ayatollah Khamenei and called for the overthrow of Iran’s Shiite Islamic theocracy.

The protests focused specifically on women’s rights, with Amini detained by morality police in clothing deemed inappropriate under Iran’s Islamic dress code, while Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei It also seeks the downfall of

The unrest has become one of the most daring challenges for Iran’s ruling clerical elite since the 1979 Islamic Revolution brought Iran to power, but authorities have shunned mass protests so far. has been suppressed.

Iran blames foreign enemies and their proxies for the unrest.

Iran has evidence that Western countries were involved in the protests that have swept the country, Kanaani said Monday.

“We have concrete information that proves that the United States, Western countries, and some of the United States’ allies were involved in the protests,” he said, without elaborating.

Iran has not released a death toll among demonstrators, but Deputy Foreign Minister Ali Bagheri Khani said about 50 police officers were killed and hundreds injured in the unrest.

It did not say whether the figure also included the deaths of other security forces, such as the Revolutionary Guard.

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