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.