While Swedish foreign minister Margot Wallström questioned the justification for a Security Council meeting on the deadly Iran protests, past practice demonstrates that it addresses concerns about domestic situations in which repressive regimes attack their own citizens and deny them civil rights.
By – unwatch.org
Several precedents refute Wallstrom’s position:
- Libya – In February 2011, the Security Council held an emergency session to discuss Muammar Qaddafi’s brutal crackdown on the Libyan people. On March 17, 2011, the UNSC adopted a no-fly zone.
- Syria – In April 2011, the Security Council convened an emergency session to discuss violence by the Syrian regime against protesters inside the country.
- Venezuela – This year, the Security Council has held at least two special informal meeting this year on Venezuela – one in May and one in November. In May, Venezuela was added to the agenda of a pre-scheduled Security Council meeting shortly after Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro declared “a state of exception and economic emergency.” This was in wake of widespread popular protests against mass poverty in the country, resulting from Maduro’s domestic economic policies, in which some 46 people were killed and 2600 arrested. Another informal Security Council meeting on Venezuala was convened in November to discuss the major health and food emergency in the country.
Read more: Published 2018/01/01