Human Rights Council Thirty-first session

Agenda item 4

Resolution adopted by the Human Rights Council on 23 March 2016

31/19. Situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran

The Human Rights Council,

Guided by the Charter of the United Nations, the Universal Declaration of Human

Rights, the International Covenants on Human Rights and other relevant international

human rights instruments,

Recalling its resolutions 16/9 of 24 March 2011, 19/12 of 3 April 2012, 22/23 of 22

March 2013, 25/24 of 28 March 2014 and 28/21 of 27 March 2015, General Assembly

resolution 70/45 of 17 December 2015 and all previous resolutions of the Assembly on the

situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran, and regretting the lack of

cooperation of the Islamic Republic of Iran with the requests of the Human Rights Council

and the Assembly made in those resolutions,

Welcoming the report and recommendations of the Special Rapporteur on the

situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran submitted to the Human Rights

Council,1 and expressing serious concern at the developments noted in that report and the

lack of access permitted to the Special Rapporteur to travel to the Islamic Republic of Iran,

Recalling Human Rights Council resolutions 5/1, on the institution-building of the

Council, and 5/2, on the Code of Conduct for Special Procedures Mandate Holders of the

Council, of 18 June 2007, and stressing that mandate holders are to discharge their duties in

accordance with those resolutions and the annexes thereto,

1. Decides to extend the mandate of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of

human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran for a further period of one year, and requests

the Special Rapporteur to submit a report on the implementation of his mandate to the

Human Rights Council at its thirty-fourth session and to the General Assembly at its

seventy-first session;

1 A/HRC/31/69.

United Nations A/HRC/RES/31/19

2. Calls upon the Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran to cooperate fully

with the Special Rapporteur and to permit access to visit the country, and to provide all

information necessary to allow the fulfilment of the mandate;

3. Requests the Secretary-General to provide the Special Rapporteur with the

resources necessary to fulfil the mandate.

63rd meeting

23 March 2016

[Adopted by a recorded vote of 20 to 15, with 11 abstentions.* The voting was as follows:

In favour:

Albania, Belgium, Botswana, El Salvador, France, Germany, Latvia, Mexico,

Netherlands, Panama, Paraguay, Portugal, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Saudi

Arabia, Slovenia, Switzerland, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia,

United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern



Algeria, Bangladesh, Bolivia (Plurinational State of), Burundi, China, Cuba,

Ecuador, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Russian Federation, South

Africa, Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of), Viet Nam


Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Ghana, Maldives, Mongolia, Morocco,

Namibia, Nigeria, Philippines, Togo]


The delegation of Georgia did not cast a vote.