By Iran Probe Staff
Wednesday, 17 January 2018
Mr. Antonio Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations in a press conference in New York on Tuesday, 16 January, said right of demonstration is an essential part of the human rights and the right of Iranian people to demonstrate should be respected.
At this press conference, a reporter referring to recent events in Iran asked, "at least two dozen were reportedly killed, more than thousand were arrested" but "The international community has been relatively silent about this. Do you have anything to say about the situation there, which is volatile?"
The Secretary-General replied: "First, you know, in my life, I have been in Government against which there were demonstrations, and I was a demonstrator for different purposes. So, if there is something I cared a lot about is… and I must say when I was in Government, there was no demonstrator arrested or demonstrations repressed."
"If there is something I care a lot is for the right of demonstration, of peaceful demonstration of any people. So, I care about the right of Iranian people to demonstrate, and we have clearly stressed that that right should be respected. We also appeal for demonstrators to do it peacefully, but the right of demonstration is an essential part of the human rights in any place in the world." Mr. Guterres added.