GENEVA (AA) – The UN Human Rights Council voted Thursday to establish an independent international fact-finding mission to investigate alleged human rights violations in Iran related to protests that began on Sept. 16.
The council adopted its resolution with 25 votes in favor of the resolution, six against, and 16 abstentions.
The resolution put forward by Germany and Iceland calls on Iran to end “discrimination and violence against women and girls in public and private life and in law, and in practice and to uphold all human rights.”
Those include the right to freedom of opinion, expression, peaceful assembly, association, and freedom of religion or belief.
Argentina, France, Gabon, Libya, the UK, the US, and Ukraine were among the nations that supported the resolution, while Armenia, China, Cuba, Eritrea, Pakistan, and Venezuela were among those that voted against.
UN Human Rights chief Volker Turk told journalists: “It pains me to see what is currently happening in Iran.”
With the adoption of this resolution, the president of the Human Rights Council is now tasked with appointing members of the Fact-Finding Mission, expected in the coming weeks.
The mission will present an oral update to the council at its 53rd session in June next year and then a comprehensive written report at its 55th session in March 2024.