Iran Calls for Int’l Committee to Investigate Human Rights Violations in France

Workers on strike hold CGT labor union flags as they walk on a platform during a demonstration inside the railway station on the eve of the ninth day of national strike and protests, and after the pension reform was adopted as the French Parliament rejected two motions of no-confidence against the government, in Nice, France, March 22, 2023. Éric Gaillard, Reuters
Workers on strike hold CGT labor union flags as they walk on a platform during a demonstration inside the railway station on the eve of the ninth day of national strike and protests, and after the pension reform was adopted as the French Parliament rejected two motions of no-confidence against the government, in Nice, France, March 22, 2023. Éric Gaillard, Reuters
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Iran Calls for Int’l Committee to Investigate Human Rights Violations in France

Workers on strike hold CGT labor union flags as they walk on a platform during a demonstration inside the railway station on the eve of the ninth day of national strike and protests, and after the pension reform was adopted as the French Parliament rejected two motions of no-confidence against the government, in Nice, France, March 22, 2023. Éric Gaillard, Reuters
Workers on strike hold CGT labor union flags as they walk on a platform during a demonstration inside the railway station on the eve of the ninth day of national strike and protests, and after the pension reform was adopted as the French Parliament rejected two motions of no-confidence against the government, in Nice, France, March 22, 2023. Éric Gaillard, Reuters

The spokesman of the Iranian government Ali Bahadori Jahromi called on Monday for the formation of an international research committee for dealing with France’s human rights violations of hundreds of thousands of protesters.

“(French President) Emmanuel Macron's government is directly responsible for widespread violations of human rights and harsh dealing with protesters who simply seek their rights; France must be to account for its actions towards its citizens,” Jahromi said in a post on his Twitter account according to the German news agency.

“The formation of an international fact-finding committee is necessary for dealing with violating the rights of hundreds of thousands of French protesters,” the Iranian spokesman added.

In a related development, the spokesman of the Iranian foreign ministry, Nasser Kanaani, criticized female officials of Europe, Canada and Australia for keeping mum on the French police brutality against protesters, particularly women, during the pension reform rallies.

“Where are Europe, Canada and Australia’s feminist ministers,” Kanaani wrote on his Twitter account on Saturday.

France witnessed last week a wave of nationwide strikes following a government decision to push on with a deeply unpopular pension reform despite escalating anger across the country.

Speaking last Wednesday, Macron stuck to his guns saying the new law was necessary and would come into force later this year.



Stockholm Accuses Iran of Using Criminals in Sweden to Target Israel

A police vehicle on patrol in Sweden. Reuters file photo
A police vehicle on patrol in Sweden. Reuters file photo
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Stockholm Accuses Iran of Using Criminals in Sweden to Target Israel

A police vehicle on patrol in Sweden. Reuters file photo
A police vehicle on patrol in Sweden. Reuters file photo

Sweden's domestic security agency on Thursday accused Iran of using established criminal networks in Sweden as a proxy to target Israeli or Jewish interests in the Scandinavian country.
The accusations were raised at a news conference by Daniel Stenling, the head of the SAPO agency's counterespionage unit, following a series of events earlier this year.
In late January, the Israeli Embassy in Stockholm was sealed off after what was then described as “a dangerous object” was found on the grounds of the diplomatic mission in an eastern Stockholm neighborhood. Swedish media said the object was a hand grenade.
The embassy was not evacuated and the object was eventually destroyed. No arrests were made and authorities did not say what was found. On May 17, gunshots were heard near the Israeli Embassy in Stockholm and the area was cordoned off. No one was arrested.
According to The Associated Press, Stenling said, without offering specifics or evidence to back up his assertion, that the agency "can establish that criminal networks in Sweden are used as a proxy by Iran.”
“It is very much about planning and attempts to carry out attacks against Israeli and Jewish interests, goals and activities in Sweden," he said and added that the agency sees "connections between criminal individuals in the criminal networks and individuals who are connected to the Iranian security services.”
Justice Minister Gunnar Strömmer and Hampus Nygårds, deputy head of the Swedish police's National Operations Department, were also at the online news conference with Stenling.
“We see this connection between the Iranian intelligence services, the security services and precisely criminals in the criminal networks in Sweden," Stenling said. “We see that connection and it also means that we need to work much more internationally to get to the crimes and be able to prevent them.”
Stenling and the others made no mention of the recent incidents connected to the Israel Embassy and stopped short of naming any criminal groups or suspects.
Sweden has grappled with gang violence for years and criminal gangs often recruit teenagers in socially disadvantaged immigrant neighborhoods to carry out hits.
By May 15, police have recorded 85 shootings so far this year, including 12 fatal shootings. Last year, 53 people were killed and 109 were wounded in a total of 363 shootings.