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The United Nations condemned, on Tuesday, Tehran’s “intensification” of its response to the demonstrations, calling on the Iranian authorities to approve an immediate suspension of the death penalty, and considered that the executions in Saudi Arabia were “extremely regrettable.”

UN Human Rights Council spokesman Jeremy Lawrence said during a routine press conference in Geneva that the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Volker Türk, believes that the increasing number of deaths as a result of the demonstrations in Iran, including the death of two children over the weekend, and the tightening of the response of the security forces, indicate that The situation is critical in the country.

And the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights considered the situation in Iran “critical” when describing the tightening of the authorities’ response to the protests that have killed more than 300 people in the past two months.

“We urge your authorities to address people’s demands for equality, dignity and rights instead of using unnecessary or disproportionate force to suppress the protests,” according to Reuters.

Iran has been witnessing nationwide protests since the death of 22-year-old Kurdish woman Mahsa Amini in police custody on September 16 after she was arrested for wearing clothes deemed “indecent”.

Saudi Arabia

As for Saudi Arabia, a spokeswoman for the United Nations Human Rights Office said on Tuesday that 17 men had been executed in Saudi Arabia since November 10 on drug and smuggling charges, describing the executions as “extremely regrettable.”

Spokeswoman Elisabeth Throssell said in a press statement in Geneva that those executed were from Syria, Pakistan, Jordan and Saudi Arabia. This brings the total number of executions this year to 144, she said.

And Saudi Arabia executed in 2022 twice the number of those who were executed in the past year, according to a statistic revealed by Agence France-Presse, and indicates a sharp increase in this procedure, which is strongly condemned by international human rights organizations.

There were 27 executions in 2020 during the height of the coronavirus outbreak, and 187 in 2019.

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