Iran Slams UN Human Rights Office for Ignoring US Crackdown on Anti-War Protesters

Iran's top human rights official has criticized the United Nations human rights office for leveling trumped-up rights charges against Iran while turning a blind eye to the US government's violent crackdown on anti-war students and academics in university campuses.

Iran (IMNA) - Kazem Gharibabadi, secretary of Iran's High Council for Human Rights, said the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) has ignored the events unfolding in university campuses across the US, but issued statements about so-called rights violations in Iran over the same period.

"The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights has taken no notice of what is happening in the US but at the same time issued three statements accusing Iran of human rights violations, which is proof of contradictions and double standards in the UN body's mechanisms," Gharibabadi said on Monday.

Across the United States, from California to New York, Illinois to Texas, police have raided university campuses, carrying and dragging students away or slamming them to the ground. Professors, like Caroline Fohlin of Emory University in Georgia, have also been arrested during protests over Israel's military campaign in Gaza, which has killed nearly 34,500 Palestinians and left over a million displaced and starving.

The Washington Post reported on Monday that more than 900 people have been arrested on US campuses, highlighting that the demonstrations were "peaceful and nonviolent until law enforcement showed up." On Monday, riot police used pepper spray and arrested about 50 students at the University of Texas during a pro-Gaza protest encampment, marking the second such incident in less than a week.

Despite the harsh crackdowns, including mass suspensions, evictions from university housing, and arrests, similar protests have continued to spread across the US, with footage emerging of students, professors, and journalists being violently detained by the police on campuses.

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