UN Chief Raised Human Rights Issues With Iranian President, Spokesman Says

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United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres met with Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi in New York on September 22 and raised human rights issues, a UN spokesman said.

The UN is concerned “about reports of peaceful protests being met with excessive use of force leading to dozens of deaths and injuries,” spokesman Stephane Dujarric told reporters on September 23.

“We call on the security forces to refrain from using unnecessary or disproportionate force and appeal to all to exercise restraint to avoid further escalation,” Dujarric said.

The call came amid protests in dozens of cities over the death of Mahsa Amini, 22, following her arrest by the morality police in Tehran.

Based on reporting by Reuters

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