Wednesday, 23 October 2013 00:00
Thank you Mr Chairman,
The Maldives delegation welcomes the Report of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran. We also welcome the Report of the Secretary General and the recommendations contained in both reports.
My delegation welcomes the meeting between the Permanent Representative of the Islamic Republic of Iran in Geneva and the Special Rapporteur held last month. We hope that this one meeting provides an opening for further meetings and dialogue in the future, eventually allowing the Special Rapporteur to visit the Islamic Republic any time soon.
At the same time, the
While we acknowledge these positive developments, the Maldives delegation notes the cases of human rights violations documented by the Special Rapporteur.
It is satisfying to note the open and critical debates in the recent Presidential elections in Iran, and welcome the high voter participation rate. The Maldives would ask the Special Rapporteur, in his opinion, to what extent has political space been opened as a result of what the Secretary Genearl has termed in his report as “positive signs of dynamism in the country’s civil and political life?” And what avenues are available to capitalize on this progress?
In closing, we would like to thank the Special Rapporteur for the work he has done in this field, and welcome his continued engagement in fulfilling his mandate.
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