Geneva, Nov. 25 -- : The Human Rights Council has created a fact-finding mission, related to the protests in Iran that began in mid-September and now spiraled throughout the country.

This follows calls from UN human rights chief Volker Turk for an independent investigation, UN News reported.

The Council, meeting in a special session in response to the crisis that was sparked by the death in September in police custody of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini, heard Turk criticise "the fortress mentality of those who wield power" in Iran.

He insisted that the "unnecessary and disproportionate use of force" must end. "It pains me to see what is happening in the country," he told the packed chamber. "The images of children killed. Of women beaten in the ...