"They have sacrificed their lives to protect people from rioters ... the presence of Basij shows that the Islamic Revolution is alive," says Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
Protests throughout Iran have been taking place since the death of 22-year-old Kurdish Iranian Mahsa Amini in the custody of the Guidance Patrol, Iran’s so-called morality police.
Tehran has blamed foreign enemies and their agents for orchestrating the protests, which have turned into a popular revolt by Iranians from all layers of society.
How does Iran suggest putting the genie of protests back in the bottle?
The petition aims to rename the street across the former Iranian embassy after a woman who was killed by regime morality police.
The UNHRC needed one-third of the 47 members of the Council's support is required in order to hold a special session.
"We are aware of a total of seven French nationals who are now arbitrarily detained in Iran," France's foreign ministry said.
Iran's regime thought the protests would end 40 days after Mahsa Amini's death. But they were wrong. The protests are continuing and Iran can't control them.
As the Iranian regime faces massive protests, Europe is expanding the sanctions against the Iranians who took part in human rights violations, including members of the squad that arrested Mahsa Amini
BEHIND THE LINES: Iran today is characterized by ongoing and widespread unrest, at a level intolerable to the authorities. But it is not yet in what might be called a pre-revolutionary situation.