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March 15, 2013 2:35 pm

Iran Human Rights Investigation Should be Renewed, AJC Tells UN

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The American Jewish Committee (AJC) has asked the United Nations Human Rights Council to renew the mandate of the UN’s Iran human rights abuse investigator. AJC called on all 47 council member sates to vote for renewal next week in Geneva, Switzerland.

Special Rapporteur Dr. Ahmed Shaheed currently holds the post and has continuously highlighter the “widespread systemic and systematic violations of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran” that have worsened since the creation of his position two years ago. A recent report by the UN Secretary General also cited human rights abuses in Iran such as the suppression of freedom of speech and arbitrary arrests.

“The Special Rapporteur mandate is an essential tool for the international community to address the Iranian government’s egregious human rights violations. Its renewal should have the full support of all members of the Human Rights Council,” said E. Robert Goodkind, chair of AJC’s Jacob Blaustein Institute for the Advancement of Human Rights, in a statement.

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  • Lawrence Kulak

    What about that young Muslim woman brutally shot by the Iranian Police thugs during a demonstration a few years ago? It was a little obvious that this woman was aimed for and was not randomly or accidentally killed. Can anyone say what the UN did about that or if they even investigated that? Can anyone tell me why Israel should have been investigated by the UN for killing that Hamas child when Iran was not investigated for deliberately assassinating this young woman? Surely there must be somebody with some information out there. How about you, Mr. Efune, can you answer that question? If so, please comment below.