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Newsline: UN rights council to focus on Iran

The UN Human Rights Council is holding an urgent meeting Thursday to discuss whether to launch a high-level international investigation into the deadly crackdown on mass protests rocking Iran. The special session on Iran’s “deteriorating human rights situation” is due to kick off at 10:00 am (0900 GMT) in Geneva, with the new UN rights chief Volker Turk set to open the proceedings in his first appearance before the council. (https://news.yahoo.com/iran-crackdown-spotlight-un-rights-064528438.html) The meeting, requested by Germany and Iceland with the backing of more than 50 countries, follows two months of protests in Iran sparked by the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini, after she was arrested for an alleged breach of the country’s strict dress rules for women based on Islamic sharia law.

Newsline: Iran summons UK Ambassador

The Iranian Foreign Ministry has summoned on Sunday the British Ambassador to Tehran, Simon Shercliff, to protest the “attack” on the Iranian Embassy in London perpetrated by a “violent group”. Tehran has further protested an “outrage against the Iranian national flag” during the protest. “The British ambassador has been reminded of the obligations contained in the 1961 and 1963 Vienna Conventions” on the protection of embassies, the official IRNA news agency reports. “The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has also strongly protested the UK’s failure to prevent this sad attack,” IRNA added. (https://www.msn.com/en-gb/news/world/iran-protests-diplomatically-to-the-united-kingdom-over-a-demonstration-outside-its-embassy-in-london/ar-AA14l9TD) The British ambassador has regretted the incident and assured that he will convey Iran’s protest to his government, according to the Iranian news agency. British authorities mobilized riot troops during Saturday’s demonstration outside the Iranian Embassy. Several activists perched on the facade of the diplomatic headquarters and chanted slogans against the Iranian government and in support of women’s rights. The semi-official Iranian news agency Mehr has reported that in the last two months the British ambassador has been summoned up to four times by the Iranian government.

Newsline: Iran summons Australian ambassador

Australia’s ambassador was summoned by Tehran over comments made by the Australian prime minister regarding Iran’s internal developments, Iran’s foreign ministry spokesperson said on Wednesday according to the semi-official Nournews news agency. “It seems that the prime minister of Australia has taken a wrong approach based on false information, which does not help the relations between the two countries,” Nasser Kanaani said. (https://www.reuters.com/world/iran-summons-australian-ambassador-nournews-2022-11-16/) Since nationwide protests began over two months ago in Iran following the death of Mahsa Amini in the custody of the morality police, the country has summoned several foreign ambassadors over comments regarding protests made by their officials.

Newsline: Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry summons Iranian ambassador

Iranian ambassador to Azerbaijan Seyyed Abbas Mousavi was summoned to the Azerbaijani Ministry of Foreign Affairs. During the meeting, the ambassador was conveyed the dissatisfaction and concern regarding the alleged recent propaganda against the Republic of Azerbaijan in the Iranian media and the comments by the Iranian officials. The Azeri said also called on Iran to hand over criminals and alleged separatists. (https://en.mehrnews.com/news/193521/Azerbaijani-Foreign-Ministry-summons-Iranian-ambassador) The move came a day after the Iranian Foreign Ministry summoned the ambassador of Azerbaijan to protest the continuation of anti-Iran propaganda and media misinformation about the Islamic Republic by the country’s officials and media.

Newsline: Britain summons Iran’s diplomat over threats to UK journalists

The British foreign office said it has summoned Iran’s most senior diplomat over alleged threats by Iranian security forces to journalists in the UK. “I summoned the Iranian representative today to make clear that we do not tolerate threats to life and intimidation of any kind towards journalists, or any individual, living in the UK,” Foreign Secretary James Cleverly said in a statement. (https://www.reuters.com/world/uk/britain-summons-irans-senior-diplomat-over-alleged-threats-uk-journalists-2022-11-11/) Iran has responded to widespread internal protests with the suppression of freedom of expression and the targeting of media outlets operating in Iran, the foreign office said, adding that over 40 journalists have been arrested and detained.

Newsline: France’s top diplomat says more citizens held in Iran

Two more French citizens are likely being held in Iran, taking the total of its nationals detained there to seven, France’s foreign minister said in remarks published on Saturday. France lashed out at Iran on Oct. 6 accusing it of “dictatorial practices” and taking its citizens hostage after a video was aired in which a French couple appeared to confess to spying, after weeks of unrest that Iran has linked to foreign foes. “We have concerns over two other citizens. We are trying to check the contradictory information,” Catherine Colonna told Le Parisien newspaper in an interview. (https://wsau.com/2022/11/12/two-more-french-citizens-likely-held-in-iran-foreign-minister/) On Friday, Le Figaro newspaper reported that the two nationals had been arrested prior to the start of anti-government protests in September over the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini. The foreign ministry did not immediately respond to a Reuters request for comment.

Newsline: Iran’s top diplomat demands to release national imprisoned in Sweden

Iranian Foreign Minister Hosein Amirabdolahian has held a telephone conversation with his Swedish counterpart Tobias Billström, to whom he demanded the release of Hamid Nuri, an Iranian citizen sentenced to life imprisonment for the mass executions and torture of opponents in 1988 in a prison in the city of Karaj. Amirabdolahian has warned in the call of “consequences” in bilateral relations for the “illegal detention” of Nuri, according to the official Iranian news agency IRNA. The head of Iranian diplomacy criticized the “politicization” of Nuri’s case. (https://www.msn.com/en-gb/news/world/tehran-demands-the-release-of-an-iranian-imprisoned-in-sweden-for-the-execution-of-opponents/) Nuri was arrested in the European country in November 2019, after which a trial was opened against him in 2021 for his role in the killing of thousands of people. The executions were carried out following a secret edict issued by the then-great leader of the Islamic Revolution, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, after an armed incursion into Iran by the PMOI, an Iraq-based opposition group outlawed by Iranian authorities, according to the report published by Amnesty in 2018.

Newsline: Iran summons Germany’s ambassador

Iran summoned Germany’s ambassador on Thursday, accusing Berlin of interfering in the Islamic Republic’s internal affairs. “Some European countries, contrary to their international commitments in fighting terrorism, have become sponsors of terrorist groups,” said Iran’s Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ali Bagheri Kani. (https://www.reuters.com/world/iran-summons-germanys-ambassador-accusing-berlin-interference-fars-2022-10-27/) His comments were reported by the semi-official Fars news agency.

Newsline: Iran opens consulate in Armenia’s southernmost region to counter Azerbaijan and Turkey

Iran has opened a consulate general in Kapan, located in the southernmost Armenian province of Syunik, in what appears to be a direct message to Azerbaijan and its backer Turkey. Iranian foreign minister Hossein Amirabdollahian officially inaugurated the consulate on Friday, making Iran the first country to establish a diplomatic mission in the province that is sought by Baku and Ankara. The move appeared to come in support of Tehran’s assertion that any changes in its borders and transit links with Armenia would be a “red line” that it would not tolerate being crossed. (https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2022/10/22/iran-opens-consulate-in-armenias-kapan-to-deliver-a-message) Azerbaijan – which also has a border with Iran – and its ally Turkey wish to establish a new transport link connecting Azerbaijan’s exclave of Nakhchivan with the Azerbaijani mainland, a route they call the “Zangezur corridor”. If the route is established, in effect bypassing Armenian checkpoints, it will have consequences for Iran-Armenia commerce and could sever a major Iranian transit link with the South Caucasus.

Newsline: Ireland summons Iranian ambassador

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney is calling in the Iranian ambassador to Ireland following recent events in Iran and Ukraine. He told Fine Gael’s parliamentary party tonight that there is strong evidence the drones used this week against Kyiv’s citizens are from Iran. The minister said he had already spoken to Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian regarding drones sourced by Russia. (https://www.rte.ie/news/politics/2022/1019/1330242-iranian-ambassador/) Mr Coveney also said what is happening to Iranian women is unacceptable.