UN names Pakistani professor to probe Iran's violent crackdown against women led protests
GENEVA – Despite Tehran's opposition, the UN on Tuesday named a panel of three women to lead a rights investigation into Iran’s violent crackdown on women-led protests, which have rocked the Islamic republic for more than three months now.
Bangladesh Supreme Court lawyer Sara Hossain, Pakistani law professor Shaheen Sardar Ali and rights activist Viviana Krsticevic from Argentina will be the independent members of the fact-finding mission, UN Human Rights Council head Federico Villegas has announced.
Sara, a long-time human rights activist, will chair the investigation, the council presidency added.
Shaheen is a law professor at the University of Warwick, United Kingdom, focussing on Islamic law, human rights, and women and child rights.
Iran is highly unlikely to allow the trio to enter the country and carry out their mission as Tehran is fiercely opposing the creation of the international investigation that 47 rights council members voted for last month.
The three women will document the Iranian authorities’ repression of the protests and potential human rights violations with a view to possible legal action against officials in Iran or elsewhere.