The chances are high that you will be reading this review during the first days of the new Iranian year. Arseh Sevom wishes you a good new year. Last year was disheartening for many civil society actors in Iran, as the regime shut down organizations, arrested many, and harassed even more. Some bloggers are writing [...]
A Special Rapporteur has been appointed by the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to investigate the situation in Iran. When asked how this would effect the situation in Iran, human rights lawyer Shadi Sadr told Arseh Sevom that the reports of previous Special Rapporteurs (Galindopole and Copithorne), appointed before the establishment of the UNHRC, had a positive effect on the conditions in the country, particularly on those of political prisoners.
She adds that the fact that the UNHRC has, for the first time, agreed to appoint a special mandate for the country, “shows us to what extent the international community is prepared to react to the continuing deterioration of the human rights situation in Iran.”
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The UN Human Rights Council has appointed a Special Rapporteur for Iran. There were 22 votes in favor, 7 against, and 14 abstentions. During discussions concerning the measure, Pakistan stated their opposition to country specific resolutions, stating that the Universal Periodic Review should be the mechanism that determined actions concerning specific countries. Cuba also criticised [...]
The Democracy Coalition Project recently issued a report reviewing the effectiveness of the Human Rights Council. They noted that despite concern about the human rights situation in Iran, no country mandate was established to review the situation there.