The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran, Ahmed Shaheed, will undertake a fact-finding mission to the United States of America and Canada from 14 to 28 July 2013, to gather information about alleged human rights violations in Iran.
During his 14-day mission, the independent expert will meet with members of the Iranian diaspora, particularly victims and witnesses of alleged human rights violations and as well as with civil society organizations to gather information about the numerous allegations of human rights violations in Iran. The result of these findings will be reflected in his report to the General Assembly in October 2013.
Mr. Shaheed reiterated his commitment to a constructive dialogue and cooperation as a means of addressing and resolving human rights concerns in the country, and encouraged Iranian authorities to cooperate with his mandate and the UN human rights machinery.
The Special Rapporteur expressed hope that there will be new opportunities for dialogue with the new administration of President-elect Hasan Rohani, and reiterated his continued interest to visit Iran.
Since his appointment in August 2011, the human rights expert has made several official requests to the Government of Iran for a country visit without obtaining an affirmative response.
At the end of his visit, on Friday 26 July, the UN Special Rapporteur will hold a press conference in Toronto.