UN Special Rapporteur on Iran calls for co-operation from Iranian government

Human Rights Council

The new United Nations Special Rapporteur for the Islamic Republic of Iran says he's seeking the co-operation of Iranian authorities on the country's human rights situation. Ahmed Shaheed, who's just taken up the new post, has appealed to the Iranian government to give its full co-operation with his mandate, as required by the UN Human Rights Council, to investigate and report on human rights abuses in Iran.

Nicki Chadwick reports from Geneva.

The last UN Special Rapporteur on human rights in Iran was Maurice Copithorne, who held the post from 1995 to 2002. During that time he was allowed into Iran just once. Ahmed Shaheed has already asked to visit the country. However, even before he took up his post the Iranian government said it wouldn't allow him access, calling his appointment an 'illegal measure'.

Mr Shaheed, the former Foreign Minister of the Maldives, says he hopes that his new post will give Iran an opportunity to discuss a range of human rights issues that have been raised by the international community and to comply with its human rights obligations. His first report will be to the UN General Assembly in September.

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New UN expert appeals for Iran's cooperation in addressing human rights concerns

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