Today, the United Nations Human Rights Council adopted a resolution to extend the mandate of the UN Special Rapporteur for the Situation of Human Rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran for another year. The measure passed with a vote of 19-12, and 16 abstentions.
The Special Rapporteur on human rights in Iran is a non-biased and independent arbiter backed by the United Nations to investigate human rights abuses within the country, and puts out annual reports that offer some of the most authoritative views and recommendations on what Iran needs to do to come into compliance with its international human rights obligations. The resolution passed today urges Iran to permit the Special Rapporteur – currently filled by Javad Rehman – access to the country to engage in his important fact-finding mission.
NIAC played a key role in building support for the Special Rapporteur position, which has been extended on an annual basis since 2011. The latest report from the Special Rapporteur pressed Iran to halt all executions and the use of torture, cease threats and imprisonment against human rights defenders, reform the judicial system in line with international obligations and halt discrimination against women and religious minorities. Moreover, it calls on international actors to take action to ensure that humanitarian exemptions to sanctions work in practice and minimize their impact on human rights.
NIAC reiterates its call on the Iranian government to cooperate fully with the Special Rapporteur and to immediately implement the recommendations of Mr. Rehman’s report, without delay.Back to top