Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Iran

Introduction

On 24 March 2011, the Human Rights Council adopted a resolution re-establishing the mandate of a Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran. The previous mandate established by the Commission on Human Rights was terminated in 2002.

On 6 July 2018, Mr. Javaid Rehman was appointed as the third Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran since re-establishment of the mandate. He commenced his duties officially on 13 July 2018. The former mandate holder, Ms. Asma Jahangir assumed the mandate from November 2016 until her sudden passing in February 2018. Prior to Ms. Jahangir, Mr. Ahmed Shaheed assumed the mandate from June 2011 to September 2016.

Mr. Rehman is a Professor of International Human Rights Law and Muslim Constitutionalism at Brunel University, London. Mr Rehman teaches human rights law and Islamic law and continues to publish extensively in the subjects of international human rights law, Islamic law and constitutional practices of Muslim majority States.  Several of his published works have been translated into various languages. As a human rights lawyer, Mr Rehman has also provided legal opinions in various high-profile cases in a number of jurisdictions.

Overview of the mandate

The Human Rights Council Resolution 37/30 requests the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran to submit a report on the implementation of the mandate to the Human Rights Council at its fortieth session and to the General Assembly at its seventy-third session and callupon the Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran to cooperate fully with the Special Rapporteur, to permit access to visit the country, and to provide all information necessary to allow the fulfilment of the mandate.

In the discharge of his mandate, the Special Rapporteur will:

a) Monitor and investigate human rights violations, transmits urgent appeals and letters to Iran on alleged violations of human rights;
b) Seek to undertake country visits 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 ; and
d) Engages publicly on issues of concern, including through press releases.

Submission of information and Contact details:

Information relevant for the mandate holder is welcomed and can be sent to the following email address: sr-iran@ohchr.org

 
 

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