January 16, 2015

A Talk by the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Iran

Ahmed Shaheed, a Maldivian diplomat and politician, is the United Nations Special Rapporteur for Human Rights in Iran.

"There is no good argument for us to try to undercut, undermine the negotiations until they've played themselves out . . .Congress needs to show patience . . My main message to Congress is: 'Just hold your fire'. . . Congress should be aware that if this diplomatic solution fails, then the risks and likelihood that this ends up being, at some point, a military confrontation is heightened. And Congress will have to own that as well." - President Obama. Reuters, "Obama warns U.S. Congress against more sanctions on Iran" January 16, 2015.

Ahmed Shaheed (born 1964) is a Maldivian diplomat and politician and an expert on human rights and advocate for democracy. On 28 March 2014, he was appointed for the fourth year running as the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in the Islamic Republic of Iran. Dr Shaheed is also the Chairperson of the Geneva-based international human rights think-tank, Universal Rights Group, which was launched in January 2014.
Title: Human Rights in Iran (A Talk by the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Iran). Source: TheGlobalDialogue. Date Published: August 26, 2013. Description:
Dr. Ahmed Shaheed, UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Iran, speaking at the Munk School of Global Affairs in the University of Toronto.
The lecture begins at 7:40.

Title: How does Ahmed Shaheed investigate human rights in Iran? Source: Ahmed Shaheed. Date Published: June 25, 2014. Description:
Interview with the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Iran, Dr. Ahmed Shaheed, on the research process for his reports on Iran, originally published by BBC Persian. Subtitles by the Human Rights in Iran Unit at the City University of New York.