Situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran

Year

2021

UN Body

Human Rights Council

Session

46

Session Type

HRC Regular

Agenda Item

4

Country Concerned

Iran

Condemnatory

Yes

Analysis

  • The resolution extends the mandate of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Iran, a mandate to which Iran has persistently objected, calling it "a politically motivated and unjust scheme." Moreover, the resolution was adopted under Item 4, the primary framework for addressing country-specific human rights situations, signaling criticism.
  • Regrettably, however, the resolution is only a short, procedural text. Unlike the UNGA’s annual resolution on Iran, there is no description of Iran’s violations.

Main Sponsors

Iceland, Macedonia, Moldova, United Kingdom

Vote

Yes - 21, No - 12, Abstain - 14

Key Praise

None

Key Criticism

  • "Expressing serious concern at the developments noted in that report [of the Special Rapporteur on human rights in Iran]..."
  • "Decides to extend the mandate of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran for a further period of one year..."
  • "Calls upon the Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran to cooperate fully with the Special Rapporteur and to permit access to visit the country and to provide all information necessary to allow the fulfilment of the mandate."

Full Vote

  • Yes21

    • Argentina
    • Austria
    • Bahamas
    • Bahrain
    • Bulgaria
    • Czech Republic
    • Denmark
    • Eritrea
    • Fiji
    • France
    • Germany
    • Italy
    • Japan
    • Malawi
    • Marshall Islands
    • Mexico
    • Netherlands
    • Poland
    • South Korea
    • Ukraine
    • United Kingdom
  • No12

    • Armenia
    • Bangladesh
    • Bolivia
    • China
    • Cuba
    • India
    • Indonesia
    • Pakistan
    • Philippines
    • Russia
    • Uzbekistan
    • Venezuela
  • Abstain14

    • Brazil
    • Burkina Faso
    • Cameroon
    • Ivory Coast
    • Gabon
    • Libya
    • Mauritania
    • Namibia
    • Nepal
    • Senegal
    • Somalia
    • Sudan
    • Togo
    • Uruguay