United Nations


General Assembly

Distr.: General

6 April 2021

Original: English

Human Rights Council

Forty- sixth session

22 February–24 March 2021

Agenda item 4

Human rights situations that require the Council’s attention

Resolution adopted by the Human Rights Council on 23 March 2021

4 6 / 18. 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 Human Rights Council 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, 28/21 of 27 March 2015, 31/19 of 23 March 2016, 34/23 of 24 March 2017, 37/30 of 23 March 2018, 40/18 of 22 March 2019 and 43/24 of 22 June 2020, General Assembly resolution 75/191 of 16 December 2020 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 made by the Council and the Assembly 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, 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 Procedure Mandate Holders of the Human Rights 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 the mandate to the Human Rights Council at its forty-ninth session and to the General Assembly at its seventy-sixth session;

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.

49th meeting 23 March 2021

[Adopted by a recorded vote of 21 to 12, with 14 abstentions. The voting was as follows:

In favour:

Argentina, Austria, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bulgaria, Czechia, Denmark, Eritrea, Fiji, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Malawi, Marshall Islands, Mexico, Netherlands, Poland, Republic of Korea, Ukraine and United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland


Armenia, Bangladesh, Bolivia (Plurinational State of), China, Cuba, India, Indonesia, Pakistan, Philippines, Russian Federation, Uzbekistan and Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of)


Brazil, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Gabon, Libya, Mauritania, Namibia, Nepal, Senegal, Somalia, Sudan, Togo and Uruguay]