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UN to Investigate Iran for Human Rights Violations in Protests

Women hold up signs depicting the image of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini, who died while in the custody of Iranian authorities, igniting demonstrations on the streets of major cities across Iran.

Women hold up signs depicting the image of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini, who died while in the custody of Iranian authorities, igniting demonstrations on the streets of major cities across Iran.

Photographer: Safin Hamed/AFP/Getty Images

The United Nations’ top human rights body voted overwhelmingly for an international investigation into alleged human-rights violations by Iranian authorities in their deadly crackdown on protests gripping the country.

At a special session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva on Thursday, 25 countries agreed to establish an independent fact-finding mission to investigate deaths, injuries, abuse, imprisonment and intimidation of protesters and their families since the unrest erupted on Sept. 16.