UN votes to investigate alleged human rights violations in Iran
The Human Rights Council has agreed to establish a UN human rights investigator for Iran.
A resolution on the appointment was approved by 22 votes in favor, 7 against and 14 abstentions.
The resolution called on Iran to cooperate fully with the special Rapporteur and allow visits to the country.
The United States of America is among the Human Rights Council members who supported the resolution.
Ambassador Eileen Donahoe is the US representative at the council.
“The United States and other partners are gravely concerned about the situation in Iran where respect for human rights has deteriorated dramatically in recent years. The passage of this resolution will mark the first new country mandates established since the creation of the human rights council in 2006. We are pleased that the council is poised to take this critical step and that the international community will do so in the case of Iran letting the victims of abuses there know the world has not forgotten them.”
Iran rejected the appointment saying it was an attempt to hijack the Human Rights Council mechanisms to address the narrow political interests of a few member states.