Resolutions by the UN Human Rights Council on the human rights situation in Iran

UN Human Rights Council in Geneva (UN Photo/ Jean-Marc Ferré)

The Human Rights Council was created in March 2005 to replace the Human Rights Commission, with the intention of strengthening the human rights structure of the United Nations. The Commission was strongly criticized for many years by human rights organizations and governments because of its failure to produce concrete results. A major problem with the Commission was the membership of countries that were frequently criticized for human rights violations themselves.  The new Human Rights Council is composed of 47 members elected from six different regional groups by the General Assembly. However, the problems of the Human Rights Commission have remained. It is questionable to what extent member states like China and Saudi Arabia are capable of objectively judging violations of human rights in other states. In 2006, Iran even applied for membership in the Human Rights Council, but was rejected.  In 2011, the Human Rights Council established a mandate for a “Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran”.

Resolution by the Human Rights Council:

Resolutions on the human rights situation in Iran 2013
Resolutions on the human rights situation in Iran 2012
Resolutions on the human rights situation in Iran 2011

Resolutions by the Human Rights Commission:


Resolutions on the human rights situation in Iran 2001
Resolutions on the human rights situation in Iran 2000
Resolutions on the human rights situation in Iran 1999
Resolutions on the human rights situation in Iran 1998
Resolutions on the human rights situation in Iran 1997
Resolutions on the human rights situation in Iran 1996
Resolutions on the human rights situation in Iran 1995
Resolutions on the human rights situation in Iran 1994
Resolutions on the human rights situation in Iran 1993