On 24 March 2011, the Human Rights Council adopted a resolution re-establishing the mandate of a Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran. The previous mandate established by the Commission on Human Rights was terminated in 2002.
On 30 September 2016, the President of the Human Rights Council appointed Ms. Asma Jahangir from Pakistan as the new Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran. Ms. Jahangir officially assumed responsibility for the mandate on 1st November 2016. The former mandate holder, Mr. Ahmed Shaheed, former Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Maldives assumed this mandate from June 2011 to September 2016.
Ms. Jahangir presented her first report to the Human Rights Council on 13 March 2017.
Asma Jahangir is the second Special Rapporteur of the Human Rights Council on the situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran since the re-establishment of the mandate by the Human Rights Council.
Ms. Jahangir was elected as President of the Supreme Court Bar Association of Pakistan and as Chairperson of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan.
Over the years, she has been recognized both nationally and internationally for her contribution to the cause of human rights and is a recipient of major human rights awards. She has worked extensively in the field of women’s rights, protection of religious minorities and in eliminating bonded labour. She is a former Special Rapporteur on summary executions, and on freedom of religion.
Overview of the mandate
The Human Rights Council Resolution 34/23 mandates the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran to submit a report on the implementation of the mandate to the Human Rights Council at its thirty-seventh session and to the General Assembly at its seventy-second session and calls uponthe Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran to cooperate fully with the Special Rapporteur, to permit access to visit the country, and to provide all information necessary to allow the fulfilment of the mandate.
In the discharge of her mandate, the Special Rapporteur:
a) Monitor and investigate human rights violations, transmits urgent appeals and letters to Iran on alleged violations of human rights;
b) Undertakes country visit to Iran and to the region and engage with relevant stakeholders;
c) Submit reports to General Assembly and Human Rights Council on the situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran ; and
d) Engages publicly on issues of concern, including through press releases.
Submission of information and Contact details:
Information relevant for the mandate holder is very much welcomed and can be sent to Ms. Audrey Rinaldi (Tel. +41 22 917 92 25 / email: