U.N. Envoy Wants Inside Access To Iran

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GENEVA, Switzerland, Aug. 3 (UPI) — A U.N. special envoy on human rights in Iran said he’d like permission to visit the country and hopes Tehran views his authority as legitimate.

The U.N. Human Rights Council created a special envoy on human rights in Iran in March. Iranian leaders, however, objected to the measure.

Ahmed Shaheed, the U.N. special envoy on human rights, said he hoped Tehran recognized his authority and was seeking access to the country.

“I issued a written communication to the Iranian authorities to introduce myself and express my interest in visiting the country,” he said in a statement.

A video clip provided to Amnesty International in July shows what appear to be three men hanged from a bridge near the central square in Kermanshah, Iran. In the video, guards secure ropes around the necks of three men standing on buses. The video footage ends as the buses start to drive away.

Shaheed said his mandate “provides an opportunity for Iran to engage on a range of human rights issues that have been raised by the international community.”

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