Vienna (Times Of Ocean)- Javaid Rehman’s mandate as Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Iran has been extended by the United Nations Human Rights Council.
At the 49th session of the Human Rights Council (HRC), member states extended Rehman’s mandate for another year, along with similar mandates for North Korea and Myanmar.
Rehman, a professor at London’s Brunel University, was asked to submit a report to both the UN General Assembly at its 77th session in September 2022, and to the Human Rights Council at its 52nd session in February-March 2023.
“A renewal of the mandate is essential in light of the persistence of serious human rights violations by Iranian authorities, as extensively documented by civil society monitors and the Special Rapporteur,” stated a letter to the HRC from Iranian and international human rights organizations.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh rejected the UN resolution on the human rights situation in Iran later on Friday, saying it was drafted by Western countries based on groundless claims and incorrect information and is “devoid of any legal validity”.
Following Asma Jahangir and Ahmed Shaheed, Rehman was named the third rapporteur on Iran on July 6, 2018. In 2011, the HRC re-established the mandate of a rapporteur on Iran’s human rights status after terminating an earlier one in 2002.