The Council extended today its scrutiny over the deteriorating situation in Iran by renewing the mandate of the expert appointed to monitor the human rights situation in that country. Iran should take note that this year’s resolution had an unprecedented level of support. With elections approaching in June 2013, the UN expert’s work documenting abuses in Iran will be even more crucial.
The large majority in favor of the resolution also serves to expose the callous disregard Venezuela and Pakistan, the only two states at the Council that continue to oppose any action on Iran’s worsening human rights situation.
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