UN chief condemns "unjustifiable" attack on Iranian parliament

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View of Nowruz Garden Park, Tehran, Iran. Credit: UN Information Centre Tehran

A deadly terrorist attack on the Iranian parliament on Wednesday has been condemned by the UN Secretary-General.

At least a dozen people reportedly were killed when suicide bombers and gunmen attacked the national Parliament and another prominent building, the mausoleum of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, founder of the Islamic Republic.

Dianne Penn reports.

In a statement read by his spokesperson, the UN chief expressed hope that those responsible for the "unjustifiable violence" will be swiftly brought to justice.

António Guterres also extended condolences to the Government of Iran and to the families of the victims, as well as wishing those injured a speedy recovery.

He also said that all countries must work together in fighting terrorism, while upholding the universal rights and values that bind the global community.

The head of the Inter-parliamentary Union (IPU) has also weighed in on the attack, calling it "an assault on democracy."

Martin Chungong is Secretary General of the IPU:

"For us, a parliament is supposed to be a sacred institution put in place by the people to represent them. It is a forum for dialogue; it is forum for mediation between divergent interests of society. It cannot be a forum for violence, especially senseless and wanton violence. So we think that the attack today on the Iranian parliament is an assault on democracy itself given that parliaments, wherever they are, are destined to be the pillars of democracy."

The IPU is a UN partner which brings together the world's parliaments.

It works to safeguard peace in addition to promoting "positive democratic change" through political dialogue and concrete action.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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