UN Human Rights Council appoints monitor for Iran

Geneva

For the first time since its creation five years ago, the UN Human Rights Council has appointed a special investigator to monitor Iran's compliance with international human rights standards. The decision, by a vote of 22 to 7 with 14 abstentions, reflects the world's growing impatience with Iran over its increasing violations of human rights. "The decision today to create a new mandate to examine Iran's compliance with human rights standards marks a new stage in the Council's exercise of its responsibilities to uphold and protect the fundamental human rights of all peoples throughout the world," said Diane Ala'i, the representative of the Baha'i International Community to the United Nations in Geneva. more…