India abstains from UN vote to probe Iran’s alleged human rights violations

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India on Thursday abstained from voting on a United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) resolution to set up a fact-finding mission to investigate the alleged Human Rights violation committed on protesters in Iran that started on September 16.

Taking to Twitter, United Nations Human Right Council said, “At its 35th special session, the @UN Human Rights Council decided to create a new fact-finding mission to investigate “alleged #HumanRightsViolations in the Islamic Republic of #Iran related to the protests that began on 16 September 2022.”

This resolution came amid the protests that started on September 16 after 22-year-old Mahsa Amini, who was taken into custody by Iran’s morality police for wearing an ‘inappropriate’ headscarf, later died, drawing allegations of custodial violence.

Apart from India, Malaysia, Indonesia, UAE, and Khakhastan had also abstained from the resolution. Meanwhile, Pakistan and China rejected the resolution.

However, the resolution in the UNHRC was passed, with 25 votes in favour, six against, and 16 abstentions, at a special session of the 47-member human rights body, and now the Human Rights Council has created a fact-finding mission, related to the protests in Iran.

This follows calls from UN human rights chief Volker Turk for an independent investigation, UN News reported.


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