March 7, 2017
Asma Jahangir, United Nations Special Rapporteur on human rights in Iran, emphasized Iran is resorting to retaliatory measures against opposition families, adding many opposition members and Iranians living abroad refrain talking with the UN in order to keep their families safe from Iran’s reprisals.
In her 40-page report presented in the 34th UN Human Rights Council session in Geneva, Jahangir expressed her regret of the human rights situation in Iran deteriorating.
“The Special Rapporteur regrets that her study of information she received does not reveal any notable improvement in the situation of human rights in the country. She notes that the situation in areas like independence of judiciary and lawyers, freedom of expression and use of arbitrary detentions continues to be a matter of serious concern,” the report reads in part.
“She notes that interlocutors living outside the country expressed fear, mainly of possible reprisals against their family members living in the Islamic Republic of Iran,” the report adds.
In addition to this report, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is set to issue a report titled “Human Rights Situation in Iran.” This latest reporting will come in line with Sweden announcing its intention to present a draft resolution requesting the extension of the UN Special Rapporteurs on human rights in Iran mandate for another year.
The Swedish Ambassador to the UN said the objective of this resolution is to extend monitoring over the human rights situation in Iran for another year, inviting other governments to participate in the advisory meeting taking place on March 10 to draft this resolution.