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Good morning, this is Pip. The UN human rights chief issued a strong statement yesterday accusing Iran’s government of “state sanctioned killing” during its crackdown on protests, as he presses to visit the country.

We’re also hearing what the future could hold for Afghanistan with women barred from aid agencies, and getting to know the UAE’s controversial climate envoy who could be leading proceedings at Cop28.

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People take part in a rally in Zurich in solidarity with the protests in Iran and to honour protesters executed by the government, January 7 2023. (Keystone/Michael Buholzer)

UN rights chief: Iran executions ‘state sanctioned killing’. Volker Türk said on Tuesday that Iran’s government was weaponising the death penalty to strike fear in citizens and stamp out dissent, warning that recent executions in the country amounted to “state sanctioned killing”. Four people have been executed in the last month as part of the ongoing crackdown on protests, according to the UN, while at least 17 more people are currently facing the death penalty. UN officials say Türk is pressing to visit the country, but no date has been set.

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Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, Climate Change Envoy of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), with then-UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon at the Abu Dhabi Ascent conference, May 2014. (UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe)

The UAE’s controversial climate envoy tipped to chair Cop28. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber is the United Arab Emirates’ special climate envoy and first in line to become president of Cop28, starting on 30 November in Dubai. He is also the current Emirati industry minister, and CEO of the country’s national oil company, meaning his pending appointment has already begun to stir up controversy.

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