To address the current crisis in Iran, the United Nations named three women to lead a rights investigation into the violent crackdown in the country which has been going on for over 3 months now.
The mission will be led by Bangladesh Supreme Court lawyer Sara Hossain, Pakistani law professor Shaheen Sardar Ali, and Argentine rights activist Viviana Krsticevic, according to UN Human Rights Council head Federico Villegas.
Hossain will take the lead according to the council presidency, whereas Sardar Ali and Krsticevic will help her. However, there is a very strong chance that Iran will not allow the trio to enter the country and carry out their mission as Tehran is fiercely opposing any ‘foreign’ involvement.
As per the UN, these women will be responsible to document the Iranian authorities’ repression of the protests and potential human rights violations with a view to possible legal action against officials in Iran or elsewhere. Since September, mass protests have broken out in Iran and around the world to support the citizens.
The sparks turned into fire after 22-year-old Iranian-Kurdish woman Mahsa Amini was arrested by Iran’s morality police for allegedly breaking strict rules about correctly wearing the Islamic headscarf, and was then found dead (beaten to death).
Moreover, Amini is not the only one who has been killed, several other protesters have either been executed on spot or have been sentenced to death for their roles in what they call riots instigated by arch-foes Israel and the United States.
According to the latest reports, the United Nations estimates that around 14,000 people have been arrested since mid-September, while Oslo-based NGO Iran Human Rights says 469 protesters have been killed so far, but the numbers keep climbing.
Shaheen Sardar Ali
According to her profile, Shaheen Sardar Ali is a law professor at the University of Warwick in the United Kingdom who specializes in Islamic law, human rights, and the rights of women and children.
She was also the First Chairperson/Minister of State, National Commission on the Status of Women (2000-2001), and the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Government’s first female cabinet Minister for Health, Population Welfare, and Women’s Development in Pakistan.
Moreover, Sardar Ali has previously served as a member and Vice-Chair of the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention from 2008 to 2014, and she has advised numerous national and international organizations.
She holds a Ph.D. in International Law, from the University of Hull, United Kingdom (1998), and is a member of the editorial boards of the Arab Law Quarterly and the Journal of Islamic State practices in International Law.
We hope that the trio is able to document everything peacefully and the needed action is carried out in order to restore peace and prosperity in Iran.
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