Secretary Clinton: The Human Rights Council’s Creation of a Special Rapporteur on Iran

We applaud today’s action by the Human Rights Council to create a Special Rapporteur on Iran who will help the international community monitor and respond to Iran’s continuing human rights abuses. This is the first new country mandate established since the Human Rights Council was formed in 2006.

The United States worked closely with Sweden and a broad group of over 50 co-sponsors to establish this mandate, which passed by a margin of more than three to one. The Special Rapporteur will investigate and report on human rights abuses in Iran and will speak out when the government there does not meet its human rights obligations to its people.

Independent investigation and reporting by the Special Rapporteur will help the international community responsibly address the serious human rights abuses in Iran. It will also give voice to the many Iranians who long not only for reform, but for their government to respect their most basic of human rights and freedoms.

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