Wednesday, October 4, 2023

Ahead of protest anniversary, Iran summons Australian envoy over remarks on human rights.

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran summoned Australia’s envoy to the Mideast country to protest the latest round of sanctions imposed on Tehran over what Canberra decries as violations of human rights, Iranian state media reported on Thursday.

The report said Australia’s chargé d’affaires was called in to Iran’s foreign ministry over “interventionist remarks” by Australia and the new sanctions that are targeting four Iranian nationals.

The development comes as Iranians are marking on Saturday the first anniversary of nationwide protests over the country’s mandatory headscarf law. The protests erupted after the Sept. 16 death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini who was detained by Iran’s morality police allegedly over her headscarf, or hijab.

The demonstrations have represented one of the largest challenges to Iran’s theocracy since the 1979 Islamic Revolution. A security force crackdown that followed the protests saw over 500 people killed and more than 22,000 people detained. …