EDITORIAL: Time to Take UN Security Council Action Over Iran Protests
Since the eruption of nationwide protests in Iran, world leaders have issued words of condemnation over the Iranian regime’s deadly crackdown on the protest, under total Internet blackout several days long. It is time for the United Nations Security Council to take concrete action against the regime’s leaders and prevent the possible massacre of thousands of detained protesters.
United States President Donald Trump, on December 5 told Security Council ambassadors: “The Council must take action to confront these and other dangers facing the world. That also includes the behavior of the Iranian regime, which has killed hundreds and hundreds of people in a very short period of time. They’re killing protestors. They turned down their Internet system. People aren’t hearing what’s going on.”
At the UN, the High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet expressed alarm at the continuing lack of transparency about casualties and the treatment of thousands of detainees, as well as continuing arrests reported to be taking place across the country. “Verified video footage indicates severe violence was used against protesters, including armed members of security forces shooting from the roof of a justice department building in one city, and from helicopters in another,” she said.
European leaders have issued, albeit in softer words, concern over the Iranian regime’s brutal crackdown.
The EU's new foreign policy chief Josep Borrell Fontelles on Sunday issued a declaration on behalf of the 28-nation bloc demanding that the regime release detained protesters. "For the European Union and its Member States, the widespread and disproportionate use of force against nonviolent protestors is unacceptable," he said.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on December 4 said the Iran protests are a sign of "real popular dissatisfaction" with the regime’s leaders.
France's Minister of State for European Affairs, Amélie de Montchalin, on December 3, told lawmakers in the French National Assembly that Iran's regime opened fire on protesters and arrested thousands in its attempt to stifle the dissent. Yet, like other European leaders, she urged the Iranian regime itself to handle the situation.
While such words of concern are useful, practical measures are needed by the international community to stop the regime from massacring protesters.
As the current rotating head of the Security Council, the U.S. now has an opportunity to call for a special council session on the Iran protests.
The regime in its entirety is behind the crime against humanity and the murder of over 1000 protesters. Videos obtained by the NCRI through the MEK from inside Iran show the regime’s security forces savagely killing protesters. The MEK’s network inside Iran has confirmed that over 12,000 protesters have been arrested. The regime is even using schools as torture centers. So, the regime via its actions in the recent uprising, and during the past four decades, has proven that it is at war with the people of Iran and won’t respect its international human rights obligations.
Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, the President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), has stated: “It is time for urgent action to compel the mullahs’ regime to stop torture and execution of those arrested during the Iran uprising.”
Mrs. Rajavi has highlighted some practical actions to take vis-a-vis the Iran protests:
- The United Nations Security Council must declare the leaders of the clerical regime and those in charge of suppression of the uprising as criminals committing crimes against humanity so that they face justice.
- The world community must strongly condemn the regime’s Internet terrorism and assist the Iranian people to break this inhumane blockade. This regime only understands the language of power and firmness. The mullahs must be prevented from shutting down the internet in critical situations.
- The UN must urgently dispatch fact-finding missions to Iran to ascertain the extent of the number of the killed, the wounded and the prisoners. Considering that many of those detained face torture and execution, the dispatch of such missions has absolute priority.
- It is time for the international community, especially the European Union and the United States, to recognize the struggle and the resistance of the Iranian people to overthrow the clerical regime and support their right to resist against suppression and repression.