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UN Rights Chief Meets With Activists In Tehran

September 4, 2007 (RFE/RL) -- UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour has met in Tehran with several human rights activists, including Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Shirin Ebadi.

The September 3 meeting was held at the UN office in Tehran.

Ebadi told Radio Farda that police used force to prevent the families of some political prisoners gathered in front of the UN office from meeting with Arbour. They had brought letters in which they described the conditions in which their relatives are being held.

Ebadi said she informed Arbour about their demands.

"I gave her the name of the people who wanted to meet her and I informed her about the problems of the families who wanted to meet her," she said. "I also gave her their letters."

Arbour reportedly also met with some of the members of a women's rights campaign that aims to gather 1 million signatures against laws in Iran that they say are discriminatory.

Arbour has traveled to Iran to attend a Non-Aligned Movement conference on human rights and cultural diversity.

Copyright (c) 2007 RFE/RL, Inc. Reprinted with the permission of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 1201 Connecticut Ave., N.W. Washington DC 20036.

Iranian FM calls for human rights regional office in Tehran

Tehran, Sept 3, IRNA - Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki proposed that human rights regional office for southwest of Asia be established in Tehran.

According to Foreign Ministry Media Department report on Monday, Mottaki in a meeting with the United Nations High Commissioner in Human Rights, Louise Arbour, who is in Tehran to attend 'NAM Ministerial Meeting on Human Rights and Cultural Diversity', expressed hope that the UN Human Rights Council decisions would be directed in a good manner for humanity.

Foreign minister added, "Standards in the field of human rights should be examined, because, unfortunately, some countries assume that they have the right standards, so it should not be allowed that a unilateral definition of human rights be presented to the world.

Louise Arbour, for her part, expressed pleasure with being at the NAM meeting and described Iran's representation office in the UN in Geneva "very good."

She added, "The new method of considering issues related to the human rights is comprehensive and not selective and the UN Human Rights Council is ready to present technical and consultation assistants to Iran."

The 2-day meeting of ministers of the Non-Aligned Movement countries kicked off its work here on Monday.

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