Iranian parliament to hold special session on protests

  • Iranian parliament to hold special session on protests

Iranian parliament to hold special session on protests

The UN Security Council held an emergency meeting at the request of the U.S. on Friday to discuss the anti-government protests that rocked Iran last week.

The world "witnessed that (all other) members of the UN Security Council spoke about preventing the meddling in Iran's internal affairs", he said.

US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley called the protests "something the world must take note of" and a "powerful exhibition of fearless people" risking their lives to exercise their right to speak.

Mr Macron also said he would visit Iran as planned if there was a "return to calm", and if the government made good on its promise to respect fundamental rights and freedoms.

U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley has praised the anti-government demonstrators as fearless freedom-seekers who need the world's support.

Russia's United Nations envoy Vassily Nebenzia asked why the U.S. is raising the issue when the situation is cooling down.

Meanwhile, Iran's ambassador to United Nations told the Security Council that his government has "hard evidence" that recent protests in Iran were "very clearly directed from overseas".

Macron on Wednesday joined several other world leaders to weigh in on protests that began as demonstrations against austerity measures under Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and later spilled into isolated, deadly clashes between civilians and security forces.

Iran's interior minister said up to 42,000 people took part in the week of protests and unrest sparked by economic woes.

Iranian state TV showed pro-government rallies in response to the protests. In addition, the Iranian embassy in London, England, filed a grievance with Ofcom a regulations broadcast entity, accusing them that one of their UK-based Farsi-language based channels had been encouraging the Iranian protests.

But on Friday, there was evidence of a mini-revolt at the Security Council, not only among traditional USA adversaries such as Russian Federation and China, but also among its close allies like France and Sweden.

The Netherlands' ambassador, Karel van Oosterom, called on the Iranian government to set up a process to address any serious human rights violations and hold accountable anyone involved.

Hardline preacher Ahmad Khatami told thousands of worshippers gathered in Tehran on Friday that "when cyberspace was closed down, the sedition was stopped", adding that Iran nation does not support a social network that has its key in the hands of the US.

In order for the Council meeting that Haley wants to take place, she would need a minimum of nine votes from Council members.

"The Iranian dictatorship is trying to do what it always does, which is to say that the protests were designed by enemies".

He briefed the Council on the situation since demonstrations broke out on 28 December 2017 when hundreds of Iranians gathered, in a largely peaceful manner, in Mashhad, the country's second-largest city, chanting slogans against economic hardship.

Experts, however, have warned that reimposing oil sanctions on Iran could lead to the collapse of the deal and further dent Iran's flailing economy.

Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif wrote on Twitter after the session that the Security Council "rebuffed the U.S.' naked attempt to hijack its mandate".

"We must be wary of any attempts to exploit this crisis for personal ends, which would have the diametrically opposed outcome to that which is wished", Delattre said.