UN chief raises human rights concerns with Iranian authorities

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in Teheran, Iran

Iranian authorities are being urged to engage with United Nations agencies to address concerns about the situation of human rights in the country.

The call has come from United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who continued to meet with Iranian authorities in the country's capital, Teheran, on Thursday.

UN Spokesman Martin Nesirky, who is travelling with Mr. Ban, says the Secretary-General addressed specific human rights cases.

"The Secretary-General has been speaking quite forcefully on human rights in all his meetings with leaders, for example with President Ahmadinejad and with the Speaker of Parliament, with the Foreign Minister. He has spoken often publicly about the concerns of the international community about human rights records here and he is calling for closer engagement with human rights bodies at the United Nations not least the Office of the High Commissioner to try to address some of these questions."

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Mr. Ban is in Iran to attend the summit of the 120-member Non-Aligned Movement of developing countries.

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