The human rights situation in Iran in early 2017 remains one of systemic violations that are deeply rooted in laws, policies, and practices. The chronic nature of the situation requires continued and sustained attention by the international community and by the United Nations system.
While the Iranian government has made some positive human rights overtures and taken a few welcomed steps, overall the government has not prioritized human rights reforms and core human rights issues remain unchallenged.
Issues of serious human rights concern outlined by treaty bodies, special procedures and the UN Secretary-General remain numerous and include violations of a wide range of civil, political, economic, social, and cultural rights. The following update provides a broad overview of some of the most pressing issues.