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The UK stands with the people of Iran as they demand fundamental freedoms

UK statement at the UN General Assembly Third Committee Interactive Dialogue on human rights in Iran

9 November 2022

Thank you, Mr Chair.

The death of Mahsa Amini was a shocking reminder of the repression to which women and girls in Iran face. Ordinary Iranians are now bravely risking their lives to demand accountability from their government and to insist their rights are respected. Iran must now listen: its suppression and barbarism cannot continue.

It can be no surprise that so many Iranian people have had enough. 2022 has seen a sharp increase in the use of the death penalty, tightening restrictions on women, intensified persecution of the Baha'i and greater repression of freedom of expression and speech online.

The UK stands with the people of Iran as they demand fundamental freedoms. We condemn violence, including live ammunition usage. We urge Iran to respect the right to peaceful protest, to lift internet restrictions, and to release those unfairly detained. Iran's leaders can - and must - choose another path.



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