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Hi, this is Kasmira. Ahead of the urgent debate on Iran taking place at the Human Rights Council today, we spoke to two prominent Iranian female activists and NGO leaders on what action they are calling for as the eyes of the world are fixed on Iran. Will the international community choose silence, or action?

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Kasmira Jefford


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A woman takes part in a demonstration in Lisbon in support of protesters in Iran. (Keystone/EPA/Rodrigo Antunes)

UN called to act as crackdown in Iran intensifies. As the UN Human Rights Council prepares to meet for an urgent session today to address the brutal crackdown on protesters in Iran, activists and NGO leaders are calling for the international community to step up its response and show Iran that the world is watching. We spoke to two Iranian human rights advocates about what they hope to come from the meeting, and how the international community has responded to the plight of Iranians since the protests erupted two months ago.

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Dr Mariângela Simão, WHO Assistant to the director general, and a former UN Aids director, is among those leaving. (Credit: WHO)

Tedros announces senior leadership shake-up at WHO. It had been anticipated for months by Geneva global health insiders, according to Health Policy Watch sources, and was finally confirmed in an email sent on Tuesday by World Health Organization (WHO) chief Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus: eight members of the health body’s senior leadership team will be leaving at the end of November, including Dr Mariângela Simão, assistant director-general for access to medicines and health products and chief scientist Dr Soumya Swaminathan, in the biggest single management change made by Tedros since his last reshuffle in 2019. A WHO spokesperson declined to comment further, except to say that any further changes or appointments would be announced in due course.

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