U.N. Rights Council Re-ups Mandate For Iran Rights Special Rapporteur

The U.N. Council on Human Rights today voted 22 to 5, with 20 abstentions, to extend the mandate for a Special Rapporteur on Human Rights to investigate Iranian abuses. Rights groups, such as the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran, lauded the year-long extension, part of a U.S.-led campaign of international pressure on Iran with a focus on rights issues. In October, Special Rapporteur Ahmed Shaheed condemned Iran’s rights abuses and submitted an annual report this month summarizing his findings.