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To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he will support a resolution on the human rights situation in Iran at the forthcoming session of the Human Rights Council that will go beyond a procedural mandate and address the (a) substantive human rights problems in Iran and (b) persecution of the Bahá'í community in that country; and if he will make a statement.
Securing the extension of the mandate of the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Iran at the forthcoming Human Rights Council is a UK priority. We are currently considering our position on the text of the resolution to secure this mandate. A procedural resolution may be easier to achieve. The UK will refer to the reported escalation of persecution of the Baha’is in Iran in its intervention during the presentation of the Special Rapporteur’s report to the Council on