High-ranking Iranian human rights delegation arrives in Geneva

TEHRAN (FNA)- A high-ranking Iranian human rights delegation arrived in Geneva on Monday to take part in a specialized conference and meet senior Italian officials.

The Iranian judicial delegation, headed by Secretary of Iran’s Human Rights Council Mohammad Javad Larijani, will attend the 31st Meeting of UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland.

Larijani will meet several senior judicial, human rights and political officials of Switzerland and other participating countries during his visit to the European country.

Over 100 prime ministers, deputy premiers, foreign ministers and other ministers will deliver a speech at the 31st Meeting of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva.

The UN human rights meeting will continue for four weeks. Over 90 human rights reports will be reviewed during the meeting.

In a relevant development in October 2014, a high-ranking Iranian human rights delegation visited Geneva to attend the 20th meeting of the UN Human Rights Universal Periodic Review (UPR) in there.

The Iranian human rights team, led by secretary of Iran’s Human Rights Council, elaborated on Iran’s compliance with the undertakings that it took up in the previous session of the UPR held four years ago on legal, judicial, social, scientific and cultural achievements.

The UPR is a mechanism of the Human Rights Council under which it reviews, on a regular basis, the fulfillment of the human rights obligations and commitments of all 193 UN Member States. The UPR is an inter-state review process aimed at the improvement of the human rights situation on the ground.

The UPR was created through the UN General Assembly on 15 March 2006 by resolution 60/251, which established the Human Rights Council itself. It is a cooperative process which, by October 2011, has reviewed the human rights records of all 193 UN member-states.

Currently, no other universal mechanism of this kind exists. The UPR is one of the key elements of the Council which reminds States of their responsibility to fully respect and implement all human rights and fundamental freedoms. The ultimate aim of this mechanism is to improve the human rights situation in all countries and address human rights violations wherever they occur.

UN Chief Ban Ki-moon says the Universal Periodic Review “has great potential to promote and protect human rights in the darkest corners of the world”.

By Fars News Agency