UN Human Rights Council takes action on Iran

24/03/2011
Press release
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The International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and the Iranian League for Defense of Human Rights (LDDHI) welcome the adoption today of the resolution appointing a special rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Iran. This is the first time since the creation of the Council that a new country-specific mandate has been created.

« This is an historic moment, and a very strong message of support sent to the Iranian people », declared Karim Lahidji, Vice-President of FIDH and President of the Iranian League for Human Rights. « The Council has demonstrated that it cares for the victims of the Iranian regime, which proves to be one of the worst chronic situations of human rights violations in the world ».

By this resolution, adopted by a large majority of 22 states [1] the Council has aknowledged that the situation in Iran has seriously deteriorated since the last elections. Our organizations welcome particularly the decision of Brazil, Guatemala, Senegal and South-Korea to support the establishment of a mandate on Iran, in contrast with their previous positions at the UN General Assembly.

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