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41 civil society organizations call on Human Rights Council to support the resolution renewing the mandate of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran


41 cross-regional group of human rights civil society organizations call on Human Rights Council members to support the resolution renewing the mandate of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran at the 34th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council.


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29th Session of the HRC (June 18)

Death Penalty in Iran(I.R)
Nima Pour Jakub on "Public executions in Iran: travesty of dignity", Mitra Pourshajari on "The growing rate of executions in Iran" and Madyar Samieinejad on "Juvenile executions in Iran"


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25th HRC session

Protest to free Bahareh Hedayat
Iranian activists in Geneva demonstrated in front of the UN Headquarter at the International Women's Day on March 8th for women’s rights. Women hold pictures of Bahareh Hedayat in support of the Camapign “Ten Days with Bahareh”.

Student and women’s rights activist Bahareh Hedayat, a well known member of the Iranian student movement, is serving a near-10-year prison sentence at Evin Prison’s Women’s Ward.


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25th session of the HRC

UN Human Rights Council extends the mandate of the Special Rapporteur on Iran
Südwind welcomes that the UN Human Rights Council has extended the mandate of the Special Rapporteur on Iran for a further period of one year during the 25th session of the HRC, and requested the Special Rapporteur to submit a report on the implementation of his mandate to the Human Rights Council at its twenty-eighth session and to the General Assembly at its sixty-ninth session. Twenty-one countries voted in favor, with 9 against, and 16 abstaining. One country was not present for voting.


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Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Iran will undertake a fact-finding mission to the United States of America and Canada
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.


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Demonstration at the Place des Nations in Geneva in front of United Nations main gate

For FREE and FAIR election in Iran
With presidential elections one week away, Iranians in one of the largest cities in Iran, Isfahan, chanted slogans this week against the government and called for the release of all political prisoners. Outside of the country, Iranians are taking up such calls with events drawing attention to the plight of political prisoners, and in support of the pro-democracy and human rights movements in Iran. In Geneva Iranian Human rights defenders protested in in front of the United Nations' main gate.
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UN experts urge Iranian authorities to free jailed Baha’i community leaders
A group of independent United Nations experts today reiterated its call on Iranian authorities for the immediate release of seven Baha’i community leaders imprisoned five years ago this month with 20-year sentences – the longest of any current prisoners of conscience.

“The Iranian Government should demonstrate its commitment to freedom of religion by immediately and unconditionally releasing these prisoners of conscience,” the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Iran, Ahmed Shaheed, said in a news release that also urged the international community, including faith leaders worldwide, to join in the appeal


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22nd regular session of the Human Rights Council (March 22)

Mandate of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Iran renewed for the third consecutive year.
The United Nations Human Rights Council’s renewed today of by a vote of 26 in favour, 2 against, and 17 abstentions the mandate of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Iran for the third consecutive year.

The Draft Resolution A/HRC/22/L.22 - "Situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran" was submitted by Sweden, USA, Panama, Republic of Moldova, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. Sweden`s Mr. Jan Knutsson welcomed the report and the work carried out by the Special Rapporteur Seyed Mohammad Rez Sajjadi and introduced the resolution to extend the mandate.


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22nd Session of HRC (March 20)

United Nations Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights on Iran
Kyung-wha Kang, United Nations Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights expressed great concern over the significant increase in executions and the intensified crackdown on media professionals, human rights defenders, lawyers and women’s rights activists in Iran.


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22nd regular session of the Human Rights Council

Human Rights Council discusses the situation of human rights in Iran
The Human Rights Council held on March 11 and March 12 an interactive dialogue with the Special Rapporteurs on the situation of human rights in Iran.
In its discussion on the human rights situation in Iran, the Human Rights Council heard the presentation of the report by Ahmed Shaheed, the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Iran, who said that the situation of human rights defenders continued to deteriorate; they were frequently charged with vaguely-defined national security crimes, thus eroding the frontline of human rights defense in the country. There was unimpeachable forensic evidence that torture was occurring in Iran on a widespread and systemic basis. Mr. Shaheed remained alarmed at the high rate of executions that took place in Iran, mostly for drug-related offenses which did not meet international standards for “most serious crimes”. (Press Releases HRC)


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22nd sesssion of the human rights council

Navi Pillay's opening statement on Human rights council 22nd session
High-level panel discussion to commemorate the twentieth anniversary of the adoption of the Vienna declaration and
Programme of action

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(10 - 28 September 2012)

21st regular session of the Human Rights Council

(18 June - 6 July 2012)

Twentieth session of the Human Rights Council


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