U.N. rights investigator on Iran named
A former foreign minister of the Maldives, Ahmed Shaheed, was named United Nations human rights investigator on Iran Friday, the first in nearly a decade, Reuters reported.
The U.N. Human Rights Council established the independent post of special rapporteur on human rights in Iran on March 24, a move spearheaded by Washington that will subject Tehran's record to scrutiny.
The 47-member forum has voiced concern at Iran's crackdown on opposition figures and increased use of the death penalty and called on the Islamic Republic to cooperate with its new envoy.
Shaheed's appointment was announced by the council's spokesman Cedric Sapey at the end of a three-week session.
The United States and European Union voiced concerns this week at human rights violations in Iran. The EU cited reports of torture, arbitrary detention and unfair trials.