Statement by the Kingdom of the Netherlands - Interactive Dialogue with Special Rapporteur Islamic Republic Iran

43rd Human Rights Council – Palais des Nations Geneva

Thank you, Madam President,

The Kingdom of the Netherlands wishes to thank the Special Rapporteur for his report. We express our deepest appreciation for his important work and urge Iran to cooperate fully with his mandate.

The Netherlands remains deeply concerned by the human rights situation in Iran, including by signs of continuing deteriorating trends in rights and freedoms of the country's people. 

The disproportionate and violent crackdown of protests, which erupted after a rise in fuel prices in October 2019, was a severe violation of fundamental human rights and a low-point this year. A transparent investigation and accountability must be ensured.

Madam President,

The Netherlands has to conclude, based on the report of the Special Rapporteur, and on its own assessment, that the situation of human rights in Iran remains alarming:

  • The number of death penalty cases remains disturbingly high, and continues to include persons who were juvenile at the time of the crime.
  • Individuals accused of certain crimes are restricted to choosing their legal representation from a pre-approved list of lawyers.
  • The right to freedom of association, as demonstrated by the above-mentioned crackdown, has been curtailed further.
  • Infringement of fundamental rights affects various groups, including workers, teachers, students, women, ethnic and religious minorities, particularly the Baha’i.

We call on Iran to engage with the Special Rapporteur, and with the wider international community, to address the mentioned concerns, and those raised by others, for the benefit of the freedom and prosperity of the people of Iran.

Thank you, Madam President.