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Emily Thornberry defends Corbyn's silence on Iran unrest

Emily Thornberry defends Corbyn's silence on Iran unrest

Iran's state TV on Saturday showed government supporters rallying a day after the foreign minister said a USA move to call an emergency U.N. Security Council meeting to discuss anti-government protests was another Trump administration "blunder".

Every United Nations member state is sovereign, but member states can not use sovereignty as a shield when they categorically deny their people human rights and fundamental freedoms, the USA ambassador said.

Durting the meeting, three members France, Russia and China of the permanent five, joined Iran in asserting that this 15-membered body was not an appropriate forum to discuss the current situation in Iran as it does not pose any threat to worldwide peace and security.

Russian Federation and the United States clashed Friday at an emergency UN Security Council session called by the United States to discuss recent events in Iran.

We stand with the proud people of Iran because it is right, and because the regime in Tehran threatens the peace and security of the world.

Four UN human rights experts on Friday urged Iran to respect protesters' rights and allow freedom of expression and assembly.

Iran's foreign minister said the move to an emergency meeting on protests marks another foreign policy "blunder" for Donald Trump's administration after the country's United Nations ambassador described the move as an example of "US bullying".

Russian UN Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia also slammed the United States for using the meeting to bring up the Iranian protests under a "bogus pretext".

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The protests in Iran evolved due to Iranian government corruption and deteriorating economic stability which has led to the ever-increasing costs of petroleum, products, and services and by all accounts, the protestors say that no matter what the Iranian government does, they will not halt the demonstrations.

It remains hard to gauge who was involved in the unrest that began December 28, claiming 21 lives - mostly protesters - and leading to hundreds of arrests. "Because in the end, the Iranian people will determine their own destiny", she said.

On Friday, Iranians held multiple rallies across the country to condemn the USA administration's support for recent anti-government protests.

A police spokesman said most of those arrested "had been duped" into joining the protests and had now been freed under caution, according to state news agency IRNA.

The meeting began as a closed-door session but the USA was able to ensure a second, open phase of talks thereafter, despite resistance from Russia, France, Bolivia and other members. The government has suspended access to the messaging app Telegram, which was being used to publicize the protests.

"We will not be quiet". The Iranian government has been accused of funding several militia around the world to prove their military existence in the region instead of using this money to help the Iranian people.

In order for the Council meeting that Haley wants to take place, she would need a minimum of nine votes from Council members. Meanwhile, tens of thousands of people have attended pro-government rallies in recent days. The EU's vocal condemnation of violent acts and their consistent warnings against any more premeditated violence inciting repression of protestors has come under fire by no other than the President of the United States.

But Khamenei and his hardline allies have criticised Rouhani for failing to revive the economy after most sanctions on Iran were lifted in 2016 under a nuclear deal reached between Tehran and major powers aimed at curbing the country's nuclear programme.


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