Human Rights Council: The Czech Republic participates in the interactive dialog with the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Iran
26.03.2013 / 13:38
During its 22nd session the Human Rights Council held an interactive dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Iran, Mr. Ahmed Shaheed (11th March 2013).
The interactive dialog was based on his report (A/HRC/22/56), which is available at the website:
The Czech Republic, in addition to the standard alignment with the European Union intervention, participated in the dialogue with its national statement. The Czech Republic conveyed its concerns about the impact of all reported widespread and systematic human rights violations on the functioning of civil society in Iran. Furthermore it expressed its frustration at the lack of attention to the continued and widespread use of torture in detention and prisons. The Czech Republic mentioned also the shrinking space for freedom of expression and assembly with further erosion of space for independent political activities, shutting down the media and newspapers, as well as the situation of human rights defenders and lawyers. The Czech Republic urged the government of Iran to release all prisoners of conscience, including the main opposition leaders, Mr. Hossein Mousavi and Mr. Mehdi Karoubi.
Full version of the statement made by the Czech Republic is attached.