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Iran hosts back to back human rights conferences

November 22, 2011 - TEHRAN

Iran, as 2011 president of the Non-Aligned Movement, hosts back-to-back human rights conferences in November. They are likely to attract international interest because Iran is under fire for its human rights record, and because any findings from the conferences might not sit well with Iran's leaders. The country is under United Nations investigation for its runaway rate of capital punishment, the execution of minors, torture, amputations and arbitrary detentions. The Non-Aligned Movement Center for Human Rights and Cultural Diversity, the Irish Center for Human Rights and the International Red Cross are collaborating on the first conference, temporary armed conflicts and protection of civilians and also civilian objects during times of armed conflict, occupation and after conflict.The First International Conference on Human Rights and Cultures: Cultures in Support of Humanity follows from Nov 24 to 26.

Iran, as 2011 president of the Non-Aligned Movement, hosts back-to-back human rights conferences in November. They are likely to attract international interest because Iran is under fire for its human rights record, and because any findings from the conferences might not sit well with Iran's leaders. The country is under United Nations investigation for its runaway rate of capital punishment, the execution of minors, torture, amputations and arbitrary detentions. The Non-Aligned Movement Center for Human Rights and Cultural Diversity, the Irish Center for Human Rights and the International Red Cross are collaborating on the first conference, which runs from Nov 22 to 23. It will focus on temporary armed conflicts and protection of civilians and also civilian objects during times of armed conflict, occupation and after conflict. The First International Conference on Human Rights and Cultures: Cultures in Support of Humanity follows from Nov 24 to 26. "Among many different matters related to cultural diversity and human rights, the way cultures contribute to the enrichment of the concept of human rights is the focus of the conference," according to the conference web site. The United Nations Human Rights Council voted on Mar 24 to appoint a special rapporteur on Iran for the first time in close to a decade. The rapporteur will be expected to provide an interim report on human rights in Iran to the 66th session of the UN General Assembly in September. It also calls on the Islamic Republic to cooperate fully with the UN-mandated investigator. Iran withdrew from the UN Human Rights Council in 2010.

UN Human Rights Council Appoints Investigator for Iran (PBS 26 Mar 2011)

Center for Human Rights and Cultural Diversity

Date written/update: 2011-11-22