The demise of an Iranian girl within the custody of the nation’s morality police should be “steadfastly” investigated, Iran’s president stated Thursday, at the same time as he turned the tables on the nation he was visiting for the U.N. General Assembly and requested: What about all of the folks killed by American police?
“Did all these deaths get investigated?” Ebrahim Raisi stated at a information convention held in New York on the sidelines of the annual assembly of the world’s leaders. He lamented what he stated have been “double standards” within the West as regards to human rights.
Of Mahsa Amini’s demise, which has produced clashes between protesters and safety forces in Iran, he stated authorities have been doing what they wanted to do.
“It must certainly be investigated,” he stated. “I contacted her family at the very first opportunity and I assured them we would continue steadfastly to investigate that incident. … Our utmost preoccupation is the safeguarding of the rights of every citizen.”
Clashes between Iranian safety forces and protesters indignant over the demise have killed no less than 9 folks for the reason that violence erupted over the weekend, in line with a tally Thursday by The Associated Press. Iranian police say Amini, detained for violating the morality police’s strict gown code, died of a coronary heart assault and was not mistreated. Her household has solid doubt on that account.
The scope of Iran’s ongoing unrest, the worst in a number of years, nonetheless stays unclear as protesters in additional than a dozen cities — venting anger over social repression and the nation’s mounting crises — proceed to come across safety and paramilitary forces.
Raisi, who addressed the General Assembly formally on Wednesday, identified that dangerous issues occur to folks by the hands of authorities in every single place.
“What about the death of Americans at the hands of U.S. law enforcement?” he requested about his nation’s rival nation, additionally mentioning deaths of girls in Britain that he stated weren’t investigated. He referred to as for the “same standard” world wide in coping with such deaths by the hands of authorities.
Raisi’s comparability displays a standard strategy by Iranian leaders, who when confronted with accusations of rights violations usually level to Western society and its “hegemony” and demand that these nations equally be held accountable. Neither the United States nor Britain, nevertheless, has morality police vested with authority over residents.
Raisi, who led the nation’s judiciary earlier than turning into president, stated the inquiry into Amini’s demise finally rests there. While elections and open debate happen in Iran, the highest echelons of presidency hew carefully to the supreme chief, who has remaining say on key state issues and appoints the pinnacle of the judiciary.
The protests have grown within the final 5 days into an open problem to the federal government, with ladies eradicating and burning their state-mandated headscarves within the streets and Iranians calling for the downfall of the Islamic Republic itself. They are essentially the most critical demonstrations since 2019, when protests erupted over a authorities hike within the worth of gasoline.
While not outright condemning the protests, he appeared to facet with the deadly response to that has left some protesters useless.
“What is occurring, having demonstrations … of course these are normal and fully accepted,” he stated. “We must differentiate between demonstrators and vandalism. Demonstrations are good for expressing specific issues.”
He added: “There is debate in Iran.”
The demonstrations in Iran started as an emotional outpouring over the demise of Amini, whose demise has been condemned by the United States, the European Union and the United Nations.
The U.S. authorities imposed sanctions on the morality police and leaders of different Iranian safety companies, saying they “routinely employ violence to suppress peaceful protesters.”
Iranian police say Amini died of a coronary heart assault and was not mistreated, however her household has solid doubt on that account. Independent consultants affiliated with the U.N. stated Thursday that reviews instructed she was severely overwhelmed by the morality police, with out providing proof.
Aya Batrawy, an AP journalist primarily based in Dubai, is on task protecting the U.N. General Assembly. Follow her on Twitter at http://twitter.com/ayaelb and for extra AP protection of the U.N. General Assembly, go to https://apnews.com/hub/united-nations-general-assembly