On 24 March, a resolution establishing the mandate of a Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran was adopted by the Human Rights Council. On 17 June 2011, the President of the Human Rights Council appointed Mr Ahmed Shaheed, former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Maldives, as the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Iran. Mr Shaheed officially assumed responsibility for the mandate on 1 August 2011.
Ahmed Shaheed is the first Special Rapporteur of the Human Rights Council on the situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran since the termination of the previous Commission on Human Rights mandate in 2002. Mr Shaheed is a Visiting Lecturer at the Maldives National University, a member of the presidential Commission Investigating Corruption and a former foreign policy advisor to the President of the Maldives. He was Foreign Minister of the Maldives from 2005 to 2007 and from 2008 to 2010, and also led the country’s efforts to sign and ratify all nine international human rights Conventions and to implement them in law and practice. Mr Shaheed has worked to improve the Maldives’ compliance with the core human rights Conventions and its Treaty Body reporting obligations. He also established a non-governmental organisation in the area of human rights in the Maldives.
Overview of the mandate
The Human Rights Council resolution A/HRC/16/9, mandates the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran, to present an interim report to the Assembly at its sixty-sixth session and to submit a report to the Council for its consideration at its nineteenth session; and calls upon the Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran to cooperate fully with the Special Rapporteur and to permit access to visit the country as well as all information necessary to allow the fulfilment of the mandate.
In the discharge of his 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 (first report to be presented to the 66th session of the General Assembly in October 2011 ); and
d) Engages publicly on issues of concern, including through press releases.
Submission of information and Contact details:
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