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Human Rights Council Votes to Establish a Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Iran
March 24, 2011



Ambassador Donahoe Urges HRC Members to Support Iran Resolution

[NOTE: Ambassador Donahoe delivered the statement below at the HRC shortly
before Council adopted the resolution by a vote of 22 Yes,  14 Abstained,  7 No]

March 24, 2011

U.S. Statement at the Human Rights Council

Before the Vote on the Resolution on the
Situation of Human Rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran

Delivered by
Ambassador Eileen Chamberlain Donahoe

Mr. President,

As you know, the United States and other partners are gravely concerned about the situation in Iran, where respect for fundamental human rights has deteriorated dramatically in recent years. In his interim report to this session of the Council, the UN Secretary General confirms that since his last report to the General Assembly in September 2010, “the human rights situation in Iran has been marked by an intensified crackdown on human rights defenders, women’s rights activists, journalists, and government opponents.” The report also documents amputations, floggings, and acts of torture carried out by the Iranian government. The report further highlights Iran’s continued sentencing of both men and women to death by stoning.

We believe that the independent investigation and reporting that a dedicated Special Rapporteur will conduct will help this Council responsibly address the serious human rights abuses described in the Secretary General’s interim report.

Mr. President, as you know passage of this resolution will mark the first new country mandate established since the creation of the Human Rights Council in 2006. We are pleased that the Council is poised to take this critical step at last, and that the international community will do so in the case of Iran, letting the victims of abuses there know the world has not forgotten them.

We thank the members of the Council for their support today in making this a seminal moment for the Human Rights Council in our shared quest to promote and protect human rights in Iran and around the world.

Thank you Mr. President.