نسخه فارسي   |   Shqipëria

UN rights chief criticizes Iran

  • Print

By Iran Probe Staff

Friday, 9 June 2017

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Ra’ad Zeid al-Hussein in his opening speech of the Human Rights Council protested Iran for not permitting the UN Special Rapporteur for the Human Rights Situation into the country.

The 35th UN Human Rights Council began its session on Tuesday, June 6th at the UN European Headquarters in Geneva.

“In recent months, I have been greatly concerned by a number of disgraceful incidents of personal threats and insults directed against Special Procedures mandate-holders. Three have recently been subjected to smear and hate campaigns, some involving incitement to violence: the Special Rapporteur on Myanmar; the Special Rapporteur on Summary Executions, in the context of discussions on the Philippines; and the Special Rapporteur on Iran. This is absolutely unacceptable. As Special Procedures are appointed by this Council, I call on you to consider what actions you may want to take to prevent these sorts of campaigns,” he said.

Iran has “rejected resolutions creating country-specific mandate holders for them, and consequently do not allow visits by those mandate holders,” he added.

The UN rights chief also made remarks regarding Syria.

“In the case of Syria, there has long been no access either for my Office or for the Syria Commission of Inquiry. This notwithstanding the continued horrific suffering of the Syrian people, particularly in besieged communities. I repeat my call for the release of all detainees wrongfully imprisoned in Syria. The UN is finalising the recruitment of the head of the International, Impartial and Independent Mechanism,” al-Hussein said.

Tagged under
Published in News
Last modified on Friday, 09 June 2017 21:44

Leave a comment

Make sure you enter all the required information, indicated by an asterisk (*). HTML code is not allowed.

External Links

Two Misguided Reports

  • HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH Report
    HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH Report
    On 18 May 2005, the US based Human Rights Watch (“HRW”) issued a 28-page report (“the HRW Report”) concerning the People's Mojahedin Organisation of Iran (“PMOI / MEK”).  Entitled ‘No Exit: Human Rights Abuses Inside the MKO Camps’, the HRW Report was essentially based on 12 hours of telephone interviews with 12…
  • Courting Disaster, A response to Rand report on People’s Mujahedin Organization of Iran
    Courting Disaster, A response to Rand report on People’s Mujahedin Organization of Iran
    The RAND National Defense Research Institute published in July 2009 the report The Mujahedin-e Khalq: A Policy Conundrum for the Multi-National Force-Iraq, Task Force 134 (Detainee Operations). The report focuses on the circumstances surrounding the detention of the Mujahedin-e Khalq (MeK) at Camp Ashraf and “whether MeK members were taken into custody…