The UN extends direly needed monitoring of the human rights situation in Iran

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By extending the mandate of the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Iran for another year, the Human Rights Council has recognized that serious human rights violations continue to take place in the country, and that international attention on human rights should not be diverted by the ongoing nuclear negotiations.

FIDH has tirelessly called on the Council to keep Iran on its agenda and to continue to monitor, discuss and publicly report on the situation of human rights in the country, irrespective of geopolitical considerations and based on an objective assessment of violations committed.

The extension of the Special Rapporteur’s mandate is especially important given the Iranian authorities’ refusal to address the persistent human rights violations taking place in the country, including the repression of basic freedoms, discrimination against women and ethnic and religious minorities, denial of due process, particularly for the many prisoners of conscience that remain behind bars, and the increasing application of the death penalty in violation of international law and standards for due process. Such violations of human rights in Iran are systemic, widespread, and systematic.

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