EU urges UN to investigate Iran schoolgirls poisonings – Middle East Monitor

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European lawmakers have called on the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to investigate the poisoning of thousands of schoolgirls in Iran, as allegations mount of potential Iranian government involvement in the cases.

At the beginning of this month, Iranian media and state officials revealed and announced the country’s investigation into the “suspected poisoning” of at least hundreds of students – mostly girls – who were ill and hospitalized after exposure appears to be toxic gas in many of the. schools over a period of approximately three months.

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Then the supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamanei called the poisons a crime “not good” that must be punished by death if any business was committed, and the authorities arrested several people he said were linked to the incident. The government also accused some of them of being linked to “overseas dissident media”.

While some politicians have blamed religious groups opposed to girls’ education, many activists have accused the Iranian government and the religious establishment of carrying out the poisonings in retaliation for attending enough school girls to protest against the government and their hijab. laws since September, when 22-year-old woman Mahsa Amini died in the custody of Iranian authorities.

A European Parliament resolution on Thursday condemned “in the strongest terms, this appalling attempt to silence women and girls in Iran,” urging EU member states to start issuing visas, asylum and emergency grants to those in need for them to leave Iran, “especially women. and girls.”

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