Haley calls for emergency UN response to Iran protests

Source: The Hill | January 2, 2018 | Rebecca Kheel

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley on Tuesday called for the international organization to hold multiple emergency sessions as protests continued in Iran for the sixth day.

“The U.N. must speak out,” Haley said at a press conference. “In the days ahead, we will be calling for an emergency session both here in New York and at the Human Rights Council in Geneva. We must not be silent. The people of Iran are crying out for freedom.”

Protests in Iran started late last week over frustration with Iran’s sluggish economy, but have since grown into far-reaching, open defiance of the country’s leadership.

So far, at least 21 people have been killed in the protests.


Asked for more specificity on what meetings in New York the United States will call for, Haley said there will be conversations with the Security Council on what to do.

“One way or the other, we will have a meeting on what is happening Iran with the protests and their fight for freedom,” she said.

Haley also said there are no plans for unilateral U.S. action “at this time.”


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