35th Special Session of the Human Rights Council on Iran
Human Rights Council
35th Special Session of the Human Rights Council
24 November 2021
Thank you, Señor Presidente,
Australia welcomes the 35th Special Session of the Council at such a crucial time for the people of Iran, especially its women and children.
Right now, Iran is attempting to ruthlessly suppress the voice of its own people, continuing a track record of use of excessive, often lethal force against protesters, human rights activists, journalists and political opponents, and its longstanding oppression of women, ethnic and religious minorities, and LGBTI persons.
Australia is gravely concerned by reports of the arbitrary arrest, detention, and even killing of Iranian citizens by the country's security forces. We are appalled by reports of death sentences being handed down to peaceful protestors.
In the face of egregious human rights violations, the courageous Iranian people, especially women and girls, continue to demand equality and freedom.
Contrary to Iran's blatant disinformation, these protests are not a foreign conspiracy. These are real voices – Iranian voices. And we, along with the majority of the international community, stand with them as they peacefully protest.
Sovereignty cannot be used as a shield to justify egregious human rights violations.
All violations must be independently investigated, and perpetrators held accountable and brought to justice. Australia strongly supports the establishment of an independent Fact-Finding Mission in the resolution presented to the Council.
Zan. Zendegi. Azadi.
[Women. Life. Freedom.]