Iran Refuses To Appoint Human Rights Investigator

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Iran has described as “political” the proposal of the leading UN human rights body to appoint a monitor to look into accusations of human rights violation in the country. Foreign Ministry spokesperson Ramin Mehmanparast said that the vote at the U.N. Human Rights Council came due to “U.S. pressure.”  The Geneva based council had narrowly approved a Swedish and US-backed proposal on Thursday for a special investigator for the Islamic Republic after members expressed worries over Iran’s increased use of death penalty, crackdown on political opponents and other human rights abuses.