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08/03/2024 English, HRC 55, Human Rights Council

Fact-Finding Mission on Iran publishes report to the Human Rights Council

On March 8 2024, International Women’s Day, The Independent International Fact-Finding Mission on the Islamic Republic of Iran published its report to the Human Rights Council during its 55th session. The report found that human rights violations committed in the context of the Woman Life Freedom protests in the wake of Jina Mahsa Amini’s death in custody amount to crimes against humanity:

“The mission has also established that many of the serious human rights violations outlined in the present report amount to crimes against humanity, specifically those of murder, imprisonment, torture, rape and other forms of sexual violence, persecution, enforced disappearance and other inhumane acts, that have been committed as part of a widespread and systematic attack directed against a civilian population, namely women, girls and others expressing support for human rights.”

“The commission of such crimes, in the context of a deprivation of fundamental rights of victims, inflicted with and aggravated by discriminatory intent, leads the mission to the conclusion that the crime against humanity of persecution on the grounds of gender has been committed. The mission finds that this gender persecution intersects with discrimination on the basis of ethnicity and religion.”

Find the full report here via OHCHR (in English and Persian):

The Fact-Finding Mission’s 3 Experts (Ms. Sara HossainMs. Shaheen Sardar Ali and Ms. Viviana Krsticevic) will present their report and hold an interactive dialogue with the Human Rights Council on March 18. Follow it live via UN Web TV.