GENEVA (9 November 2012) – The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran, Ahmed Shaheed, will launch his second fact-finding mission to three European countries which host Iranian diaspora. Mr. Shaheed will visit Germany, Sweden and Norway from 11 to 22 November 2012 to gather information about alleged human rights violations in Iran.
The human rights expert has made several official requests to the Government of Iran for a country visit since his appointment in August 2011 without obtaining an affirmative response. He has repeatedly urged the Iranian authorities to collaborate with his UN Human Rights Council mandate with a view to addressing its human rights challenges.
“While I continue to hope for cooperation with the government, my experience has also demonstrated that one of the most important aspects of this mandate is to give voice to those that believe themselves to be silenced by fear and lack of recourse,” Mr. Shaheed said. The Special Rapporteur will meet with victims to investigate allegations of torture, intimidation of human rights defenders, lawyers, and journalists, and discrimination against women, ethnic and religious minorities.
“I have received numerous reports that continue to convey alarming allegations about the current human rights situation in Iran,” the rights expert said. “I intend to gather additional information from Iranians who can corroborate these allegations during my visit to Germany, Sweden and Norway.”
The human rights expert will hold a press conference on 22 November at 12:00 at the United Nations Association of Norway office in Oslo.
“The information collected during these visits will contribute to my report to the United Nations Human Rights Council in March 2013,” the Special Rapporteur said.
Check Mr. Shaheed’s latest report to the UN General Assembly: http://daccess-dds-ny.un.org/doc/UNDOC/GEN/N12/508/13/PDF/N1250813.pdf?OpenElement or http://www.un.org/en/ga/third/67/documentslist.shtml