UN Incapable of Ascertaining Level of Iranian Human Rights Abuses

The United Nations (UN) has admitted that Iran’s refusal to comply with efforts to inspect human rights abuses has seriously restricted the UN’s ability to know what is actually occurring in the Islamic nation. This revelation comes at a time when the UN’s ability to monitor and accurately assess what is occurring inside of Iran has been a hot media topic, especially regarding Iran’s nuclear plans.

The UN’s dependence on Iranian cooperation to accurately determine what is occurring there was highlighted in a recent official report titled: "Report of the Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran."

The report states that no improvement has been seen in regards to human rights issues that include, but are not limited to: “gender discrimination and systemic and systematic violations of civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights.”

“Perfunctory cooperation with the United Nations human rights mechanisms engenders further concern about the compliance of the Islamic Republic of Iran with its human rights obligations, and insufficient transparency continues to impede attempts to further ascertain the extent and nature of the country’s human rights situation,” says the introduction to the report. Iran had previously agreed to cooperate with the UN on matters of human rights but has not acted in the manner they agreed to by treaty.

The UN goes on to report that they are hoping for more communication in the future with the Islamic Republic, stating that they “hope there will be more opportunities for dialogue.”

UN Report on Iranian Human Rights Abuses by Brandon Darby


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