UN chief expresses concern over excessive use of force to Iran’s president

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Antonio Guterres met with the Iranian president and raised human rights issues. (File)

United Nations:

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres met with Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi in New York on Thursday and raised human rights issues, a UN spokesman said Friday.

The UN is concerned “about reports of peaceful protests that have been met with disproportionate use of force, resulting in dozens of deaths and injuries,” spokesman Stephane Dujarric told reporters.

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“We call on the security forces not to use unnecessary or disproportionate force and call on everyone to exercise restraint to prevent further escalation,” Dujarric said.

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