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2/29/04

UN Human Rights Rapporteur ends Iran visit

The United Nations Special Rapporteur on Human Rights of Migrants Gabriela Rodriguez Pizarro left Tehran on Sunday morning, IRNA reported.

Talking to reporters Saturday evening, she said she conferred with senior officials at the ministries of foreign affairs, health, labor and social affairs, interior and also housing and urban development.

Pizarro, who arrived here Friday night, added she held talks with officials from the judiciary, the Center for Women's Participation affiliated to the President's office, the Iranian non-governmental organizations active in migrants affairs and human rights issues as well as the UN-run organizations in Tehran. She said she was happy with her visit to Tehran and the good cooperation offered by Iranian officials.

She said she would compile the results of her meetings in Tehran and Mashhad in the form a report to be presented to the United Nations Human Rights Commission to meet in Geneva on March 15-April 30.

Iran hosts a large number of foreign refugees and homeless people, the majority of whom are Afghans. Iraqi refugees stand in the second place.

The United Nations Special Rapporteur on Human Rights of Migrants visited Iran following an invitation by the Islamic Republic for the UN rapporteurs to visit the country.

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