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UN rapporteur on violence against women in Iran

Tehran, Feb 6, IRNA -- United Nations Commission on Human Rights Rapporteur on Violence Against Women Yakin Erturk here on Sunday called on Iran to approve the convention to remove discrimination against women.

Invited by the Iranian government to visit Iran, the UN special rapporteur arrived in Tehran on January 30 for an official mission.

photo: ISNA

In a meeting with some judicial officials in the family court, she underlined the need for continuation of international talks on women given the social status of Iranian women and the key posts held by them in the country.

She referred to the issue of child custody as a major topic of discussion, saying, "As a Muslim woman, I am not going to question the principles, though, as the UN rapporteur I proceed with my duties to remove violence against women."

She stressed however that accepting the convention by Iran does not mean ignoring the country's culture.

The UN special rapporteur also visited the Bench 256 of the Family Court.

During her one-week stay in Iran, Yakin Erturk is to hold meetings with government officials, women's groups, academies, non-governmental organizations, individuals and the press.

The mandate of the special rapporteur on violence against women includes transmitting urgent appeals and communications to states regarding alleged cases of violence against women, undertaking fact-finding country visits and submitting annual thematic reports to the UN Commission on Human Rights.

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