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UN to Send Human Rights Investigator to Iran

Of course the real question is, will this investigator actually get inside the country?

The UN Human Rights Council agreed on Thursday to a U.S.-backed proposal to establish a UN human rights investigator for Iran, the first in a decade.

The 47-member Geneva forum approved the resolution by 22 votes in favor, 7 against and 14 abstentions, its president, Thai Ambassador Sihasak Phuangketkeow, announced.

The UN hasn’t sent a human rights rapporteur to Iran since 2002, when the Iranian government became uncooperative with the human rights office.

While the approval of a human rights investigator is a symbolic achievement – the text of the resolution reportedly condemned the recent increase of death penalty sentences in Iran, as well as other human rights violations – there isn’t much recourse for the council if the Iranian government refuses to work with the rapporteur.

In other UNHRC news, the Jerusalem Post reports that the UN was set to vote on six resolutions involving Israel, including four that “speak of illegal Israeli activity and human rights violations.” Needless to say, there’s probably no mention of the recent terrorist and rocket attacks against Israel. No word yet on the outcome of the resolutions, though the Post said they were “expected to pass.”


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