Iran calls for UN Human Rights Council emergency meeting to consider conflict in Gaza-Xinhua

Iran calls for UN Human Rights Council emergency meeting to consider conflict in Gaza

Source: Xinhua

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2023-10-24 21:54:16

TEHRAN, Oct. 24 (Xinhua) -- Iran's judiciary spokesman said on Tuesday the country has called for holding an emergency meeting of the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) to consider the Israel-Hamas conflict in Gaza and adopt a "decisive and effective" resolution against Israel.

Masoud Setayeshi made the remarks at a weekly press conference in the Iranian capital Tehran, while commenting on the judiciary's measures in response to the "human rights crimes perpetrated by Israel in its attacks on Gaza."

Kazem Gharibabadi, the Iranian judiciary chief's deputy for international affairs and secretary of the High Council for Human Rights, made the request for the meeting and anti-Israeli resolution in letters to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, HRC President Vaclav Balek and UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Volker Türk, according to Setayeshi.

He stressed that the letters also called on the UN Security Council and General Assembly to "intervene decisively and set up a court to put Israel on trial," while highlighting the need for sending humanitarian aid to Gaza and forcing Israel to end its occupation and aggression.

He added that after the eruption of the conflict in Gaza, the judiciary also formed a working group in defense of the "oppressed people of Palestine," which has so far done effective follow-ups.

Hamas launched a surprise attack on Israel on Oct. 7, firing thousands of rockets and sending its forces into Israeli territory, to which Israel responded with massive airstrikes and punitive measures, including a siege on the enclave with supplies of water, electricity, fuel, and other necessities being cut off.

The conflict has so far killed more than 7,000 people on both sides.