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UN rights chief says offer to visit Iran met with silence

Iranians protest the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini after she was detained by the morality police, in Tehran, October 27, 2022. (AP Photo/Middle East Images, File)
Iranians protest the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini after she was detained by the morality police, in Tehran, October 27, 2022. (AP Photo/Middle East Images, File)

New UN human rights chief Volker Turk reveals he had offered to visit Iran since taking up office last month but has so far not received any reply.

“I offered to go to Iran, I also offered a stronger presence in Iran — we don’t have an office there — but so far I haven’t received a response,” the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights tells reporters outside a meeting of the UN Human Rights Council to discuss whether to set up a high-level investigation into Tehran’s crackdown on mass protests in the country.

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