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Western powers accused Tehran of waging “bloody repression” since elections last year as they challenged Iran to open up to international scrutiny during a UN human rights meeting on Monday.

In a public review of Iran’s record at the UN Human Rights Council, Britain, France, the United States and other Western nations expressed deep concern about reports of killings, arrests and torture in a clampdown on dissent.

“The authorities are waging bloody repression against their own people who are peacefully claiming their rights,” French ambassador Jean Baptiste Mattei said.

“France recommends that Iran accept the creation of a credible and independent international inquiry mechanism to shed light on these violations,” he told the Council. AFP

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