Iran allows rights rapporteurs to visit country

Islamic Republic authorities have accepted a request to let two UN Human Rights rapporteurs visit Iran in the coming year.

The deputy of the Iranian judiciary, who attended the Human Rights meetings in Geneva along with the Iranian delegation, told the Fars and Nasim news agencies: “We have agreed that two UN rapporteurs may visit Iran, and in the new year two expert rapporteurs will visit Iran.”

Regarding Ahmad Shaheed, the current UN-designated rapporteur for Iran, Hadi Sadeghi said: “He is not a fair rapporteur and in recent years he has not acted impartially.”

Ahmad Shaheed’s requests to visit Iran have been repeatedly denied by Iranian authorities.

Shaheed was chosen as the UN’s special human rights rapporteur for Iran in July of 2011. This was the first time the Human Rights Commission appointed a special rapporteur for human rights for Iran. Prior to that, Human rights rapporteurs had visited Iran on several occasions and presented their reports to the UN.

By Radio Zamaneh


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