UN extends the mandate of Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Iran for another year
Many human rights activists and organizations had called for the extension of the mandate of Javaid Rehman, the Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Iran
The mandate of Mr. Javaid Rehman, the Special Rapporteur on human rights in Iran, was extended by the UN Human Rights Council for another year.
The human rights center of “No to Prison- No to Execution”, Friday, April 1, 2022- According to a vote conducted today by the UN Human Rights Council, Javaid Rehman’s mandate was extended by 19 votes in favor, 12 against and 16 abstentions for another year.
Last year, Javaid Rehman’s mandate was also extended by 21 votes in favor, 12 votes against and 14 votes of abstention.
Among the countries that voted “no” are Russia, Venezuela, Pakistan and Armenia, and those that voted “yes” include Ukraine and Argentina.
According to reports provided by Mr. Javaid Rehman on human rights abuses in Iran, many human rights activists and organizations wanted to extend the mission, and now this extension is a success for these organizations.
There are two types of “thematic reporters” and “special rapporteurs” in the Human Rights Council mechanism, and special rapporteurs are only intended for countries where the human rights situation is unacceptable.
The special rapporteur on human rights situation in Iran from 2011 to 2016 was Mr. Ahmad Shaheed and after him from 2016 it was Ms. Asma Jahangir, who sadly died in February 2018.
She was replaced by Mr. Javaid Rehman.
Javaid Rehman is a Pakistani-British, Muslim, lawyer and human rights activist. He is also dean of the Law School at Brunel University, London, and a professor of Islamic law. In June 2018, the head of the UN Human Rights Council named him the Special Rapporteur on human rights in Iran.