“I believe that the report provides the basis for dialogue with the Iranian authorities, and it is my hope that meaningful engagement and cooperation will allow for a comprehensive follow-up of those cases presented in this initial publication,” Mr. Shaheed stressed.
“Engagement with this mandate can serve to lessen the potential for politicization, over which the Islamic Republic of Iran has repeatedly expressed concern,” the independent expert noted. “However, insufficient cooperation will only continue to heighten the concern of the international community and will reduce the potential for a positive and constructive dialogue on the issues raised in his report.”
“I issued several communications to the Iranian authorities to introduce myself and express my interest in visiting the country,” Mr. Shaheed said reiterating his appeal to the Iranian authorities to extend its full co-operation with his mandate as required by the UN Human Rights Council. “While I have not been successful in either meeting with Iranian authorities or securing an invitation to the country to date, I am hopeful that the Government will consider my requests.”
“This is the best way to pursue fair and accurate reporting on its human rights situation, and to develop productive engagement between Iran and the UN human rights machinery,” the expert said. “I will make every effort to acquire this cooperation in the months ahead.”
Ahmed Shaheed (the Maldives) was appointed as the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Iran in June 2011 by the United Nations Human Rights Council. As Special Rapporteur, he is independent from any government or organization and serves in his individual capacity.
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