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Iran should be top priority for UN Human Rights Council


The mandate of the Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in Iran needs to be extended given the ongoing human right violations in Iran, stresses Tarja Cronberg (Greens/EFA, FI), the chair of the European Parliament delegation for relations with Iran. European Parliament set this goal in its resolution adopted on Thursday.

On Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in Iran Ms. Cronberg stated:

' The UN Human Rights Council extended the mandate for its human rights envoy to Iran by one year in March 2012. Since then the human rights situation in Iran has not improved but regrettably deteriorated even more. In 2012 there were around 50 journalists and bloggers behind the bars and more than 100 juvenile offenders in death row.'

Iran has as well recently carried out mass death executions which were condemned by European parliament in its Thursday's resolution

'Taking these developments into account, monitoring and reporting conducted by an impartial and independent investigator on the human rights situation in Iran is vital. Special Rapporteur at the same time ensures the possibility of cooperation and communication with Iran', Ms Cronbegr said.

Extending the mandate will be one of the key issues the EU will focus on during the 22 session of UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in February and March. European Parliament endorsed this intention on Thursday's resolution.

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