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7/24/05

UN Human Rights Commission surveys Iran's housing condition

Tehran, July 24-The United Nations Special Rapporteur on housing, Miloon Kothari, said here Sunday that the main objective of his visit to Iran is to survey the latest housing developments in Iran and present a report on it to the UN Human Rights Commission.

Head of UN Development Program (UNDP) representative office in Tehran, Ahmad Salari, told IRNA that since according to the World Human Rights Deceleration, housing is an indisputable human right, various countries are committed to supply their citizens with proper housing and officially recognize their right of proprietorship.

"Housing right is one of the definite rights underlined in the international economic and social treaties signed by most of the world countries including Iran.

"In his 10-day visit to Iran, Kothari will meet various state and non-state officials in order to negotiate with them and prepare the relevant report," he added.

He noted that Kothari is scheduled to confer with a number of officials from the Ministry of Housing and Social Welfare, Foreign Ministry, MPs, authorities from the judicial branch of power, Welfare Organization and other government institutions as well as some activists from NGOs.

"Kothari has already been to the quake-hit city of Bam and intends to tour the cities of Yasouj, Kermanshah and Ahvaz.

"Kothari is of Indian origin and is a graduate in architecture.

He has worked for various international bodies. He will present his report on Iran's housing condition to the UN Human Rights Commission in early March 2006," added Salari.

Before leaving Tehran on Saturday, Kothari will attend a press conference to respond to the questions to be raised on the issue and the outcome of his negotiations with Iranian officials by domestic and foreign reporters.

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