Iran urges states to skip US meeting on UN protests

Iran urges states to skip US meeting on UN protests

Iran urges states to skip US meeting on UN protests

UNITED NATIONS, Oct 31 (Reuters) – Iran on Monday urged countries to stay out of a U.S.-hosted meeting at the United Nations over protests over the death of a young woman by police in Iran, according to a letter seen by Reuters. Washington was accused of politicizing human rights.

On Wednesday, the United States and Albania will hold an informal meeting of the Security Council, in which all members of the United Nations can participate. Iranian Nobel Peace Prize laureate Shirin Ebadi and Iranian actress and activist Nazanin Boniadi will inform.

“The United States has no real and sincere concern about the human rights situation in Iran or elsewhere,” Iranian Ambassador to the United Nations Amir Said Iravani wrote in a letter addressed to the UN member states.

He described the protests as an internal issue and wrote that “it will be counterproductive for the promotion of human rights” if the UN Security Council discusses the issue.

“The United States does not have the political, moral and legal qualifications to hold such a meeting, distorting the fundamental principles of human rights,” Iravani wrote.

Protests have erupted in Iran since last month’s killing of Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old Kurdish woman who was arrested by police. The unrest has turned into a popular uprising by Iranians from all walks of life, presenting one of the boldest challenges to the clerical leadership since the 1979 revolution.

Iran has blamed its foreign enemies and their agents for the unrest.

A meeting at the United Nations on Wednesday aims to “highlight the ongoing oppression of women and girls, and members of religious and ethnic minority groups in Iran” and explore ways to promote a credible, independent investigation into rights abuses in Iran, the US mission in Iran said. The United Nations said:

Iravani questioned the U.S. commitment to protecting Iranian women and called on UN member states to “clearly oppose such reckless and dangerous practices through which the U.S. is trying to set such a dangerous precedent and politicize human rights issues to achieve its political agenda.” “.

Reporting by Michelle Nichols; Editing by David Gregorio

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