Iran Protests: Tehran Rejects UN Investigation

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The Facts

  • Iran's foreign ministry spokesman Nasser Kanaani said on Monday that Tehran won't cooperate with a newly-appointed UN Human Rights Council (UNHCR) investigation into its crackdown on anti-government protests.

  • He also stated that the ministry has summoned Germany's ambassador in Tehran, Hans Udo-Muzel, for the third time in a month to protest "against the interventionist and baseless statements of the German authorities."

The Spin

Anti-Iran narrative

Tehran has for two months been carrying out a deadly crackdown against peaceful demonstrators. Establishing an independent international investigation is an important step that recognizes the seriousness of the situation and will help to ensure that those responsible for human rights abuses in Iran will be held accountable. The regime's deep-rooted culture of impunity must end.

Pro-Iran narrative

The US and its Western allies have once again used international bodies to impose their political will and blackmail Iran, approving a biased, unfair resolution, all while hypocritically staying silent on Israel and Saudi Arabia's systematic violations of human rights. They're spreading lies about Iran to force Tehran back to the negotiation table without offering any guarantees.

Nerd narrative

There's a 50% that Iran will cease to be an Islamic Republic by October 2036, according to the Metaculus prediction community.

Establishment split



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