Search

 

Cablegate: Outreach for Iran Universal Periodic Review

VZCZCXRO7251
OO RUEHSL
DE RUEHC #7242/01 0251710
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
O P 251703Z JAN 10
FM SECSTATE WASHDC
TO RUEHAM/AMEMBASSY AMMAN IMMEDIATE 4740
RUEHRL/AMEMBASSY BERLIN IMMEDIATE 5934
RUEHBR/AMEMBASSY BRASILIA IMMEDIATE 0526
RUEHSL/AMEMBASSY BRATISLAVA IMMEDIATE 0895
RUEHBS/AMEMBASSY BRUSSELS IMMEDIATE 6165
RUEHBM/AMEMBASSY BUCHAREST IMMEDIATE 2932
RUEHUP/AMEMBASSY BUDAPEST IMMEDIATE 8530
RUEHBU/AMEMBASSY BUENOS AIRES IMMEDIATE 0545
RUEHBY/AMEMBASSY CANBERRA IMMEDIATE 6321
RUEHCP/AMEMBASSY COPENHAGEN IMMEDIATE 1695
RUEHDL/AMEMBASSY DUBLIN IMMEDIATE 1471
RUEHHE/AMEMBASSY HELSINKI IMMEDIATE 2867
RUEHLI/AMEMBASSY LISBON IMMEDIATE 8521
RUEHLJ/AMEMBASSY LJUBLJANA IMMEDIATE 7123
RUEHLO/AMEMBASSY LONDON IMMEDIATE 8980
RUEHLE/AMEMBASSY LUXEMBOURG IMMEDIATE 0102
RUEHMD/AMEMBASSY MADRID IMMEDIATE 3737
RUEHMK/AMEMBASSY MANAMA IMMEDIATE 7380
RUEHME/AMEMBASSY MEXICO IMMEDIATE 0389
RUEHNC/AMEMBASSY NICOSIA IMMEDIATE 5966
RUEHOT/AMEMBASSY OTTAWA IMMEDIATE 1188
RUEHFR/AMEMBASSY PARIS IMMEDIATE 8155
RUEHPG/AMEMBASSY PRAGUE IMMEDIATE 1738
RUEHRB/AMEMBASSY RABAT IMMEDIATE 8764
RUEHRA/AMEMBASSY RIGA IMMEDIATE 2281
RUEHRH/AMEMBASSY RIYADH IMMEDIATE 4780
RUEHRO/AMEMBASSY ROME IMMEDIATE 3890
RUEHSG/AMEMBASSY SANTIAGO IMMEDIATE 0894
RUEHUL/AMEMBASSY SEOUL IMMEDIATE 2923
RUEHSF/AMEMBASSY SOFIA IMMEDIATE 4609
RUEHSM/AMEMBASSY STOCKHOLM IMMEDIATE 8928
RUEHTL/AMEMBASSY TALLINN IMMEDIATE 0661
RUEHTC/AMEMBASSY THE HAGUE IMMEDIATE 7581
RUEHKO/AMEMBASSY TOKYO IMMEDIATE 2044
RUEHVT/AMEMBASSY VALLETTA IMMEDIATE 7790
RUEHVI/AMEMBASSY VIENNA IMMEDIATE 0639
RUEHVL/AMEMBASSY VILNIUS IMMEDIATE 3192
RUEHWR/AMEMBASSY WARSAW IMMEDIATE 5864
RUEHWL/AMEMBASSY WELLINGTON IMMEDIATE 0960
RUEHGV/USMISSION GENEVA IMMEDIATE 0116
INFO RUCNDT/USMISSION USUN NEW YORK PRIORITY 9605

UNCLAS SECTION 01 OF 03 STATE 007242

SENSITIVE
SIPDIS

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: IR PHUM PREL
SUBJECT: OUTREACH FOR IRAN UNIVERSAL PERIODIC REVIEW
SESSION

1.(U) Summary: This cable is an action request to share and
seek support for U.S. views and suggested recommendations for
the upcoming U.N. Human Rights Council's (HRC) Universal
Periodic Review (UPR) of Iran with like-minded and interested
countries. Iran's session will be held on February 15, 2010,
in Geneva and will include a thorough review of Iran's human
rights record. Department also requests Post to share U.S.
concern about Iran,s most recent crackdown and how the
international community can respond to best address the
current human rights situation in Iran. END SUMMARY.

ACTION REQUEST
--------------

2. (SBU) For Geneva: Mission is requested to share the
United States' issues of concern and recommendations at the
appropriate level in the permanent missions to the United
Nations in Geneva of South Korea, Japan, Austria, Belgium,
Brazil, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France,
Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania,
Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania,
Slovenia, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom,
Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Argentina, Chile, Saudi
Arabia, Jordan, Morocco, Turkey, Ghana, Mauritius, Zambia,
Nigeria, South Africa, Mexico, and Bahrain. Mission is
further requested to seek their support for raising the
issues specified therein during Iran's UPR session. See
para. 5. (NOTE: Mission Geneva may use discretion. END NOTE.)

3. (SBU) For Seoul, Tokyo, Vienna, Brussels, Sofia,
Nicosia, Prague, Copenhagen, Tallinn, Helsinki, Paris,
Berlin, Athens, Brasilia, Budapest, Dublin, Rome, Riga,
Vilnius, Luxembourg, Valletta, Amsterdam, Warsaw, Lisbon,
Bucharest, Bratislava, Ljubljana, Madrid, Stockholm, London,
Ottawa, Canberra, Wellington, Buenos Aires, Santiago, Mexico
City, Riyadh, Amman, Rabat, and Manama: Posts are requested
to share the United States' issues of concern and
recommendations at the appropriate level in the host
government and seek their support for raising issues
specified therein during Iran's UPR session. Posts are also
requested to explore the host government,s views on how to
best influence respect for human rights in Iran. See para. 5.

4. (SBU) Action addressees are strongly encouraged to
deliver this demarche before January 27, 2010 to ensure the
maximum impact of the suggested points below before the
deadline for countries to submit written recommendations and

STATE 00007242 002 OF 003


questions to the troika for Iran's UPR session (due no later
than February 1).

SUGGESTED TALKING POINTS
------------------------

5. (U) Geneva and posts may draw from the following
talking points when engaging with counterparts from the
permanent missions and host government:

-- The United States views the Universal Periodic Review as a
valuable tool for the Human Rights Council. We are hopeful
about the prospects of the UPR process and encouraged by the
example set by many governments that have undertaken the
review process. Moreover, we find the recent Ashura
violence, which resulted in the death of at least eight human
rights activists, to be particularly appalling and part of a
larger trend of the ongoing abuses committed by Iranian
authorities against pro-democracy activists following the
June 12 elections. Those reported abuses, including torture
and rape, extrajudicial arrests, curtailment of media
freedom, and violence against and harassment of human rights
activists, along with ongoing human rights violations warrant
serious concern.

-- Iran is scheduled to undergo its review on February 15.
The United States is eager to provide Iran with
recommendations to ensure a sincere and thoughtful review of
the human rights situation in the country. We are also keen
to promote the broadest possible dialogue on Iran's conduct,
and strongly encourage a wide range of states to participate
in offering recommendations to Iran during its UPR.

-- Iran's participation in the Universal Periodic Review is
an opportunity to address the serious ongoing human rights
issues in Iran. We have included recommendations on the
current crisis as well as points aimed to draw attention to
the broader spectrum of Iran's human rights record. To this
end, we have also identified positive steps that the
Government of Iran can take to further engage with the
international system and promote the advancement of human
rights on a wide selection of human rights issues.

-- Specifically, the U.S. plans to raise the violence,
harassment, extrajudicial detentions, and killings following
the June 12 election; violations of religious freedom,
including discrimination against religious minorities;
torture, cruel and inhumane treatment; undue restrictions on
freedom of expression, including harassment of journalists
and bloggers, and human trafficking. In addition to
recommending that the Government of Iran take steps to
address these issues, the United States plans to urge Iran to

STATE 00007242 003 OF 003


finalize the visit of a delegation from the Office of the
High Commissioner for Human Rights and to invite the Special
Rapporteur on Torture to visit the country.

-- We hope you can support these recommendations and offer
Iran your thoughts by making interventions of your own. The
deadline for countries to submit written recommendations or
questions to Iran is February 1.

-- We are interested in views as to how the international
community can augment existing efforts, through the UN
General Assembly resolution last fall on Iran,s human rights
record and the current emphasis on the UPR, to influence Iran
to show greater respect for the rights of its people and for
international human rights norms.

ADDITIONAL OUTREACH
-------------------

6. (U) In addition to efforts by Mission Geneva, NEA
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Iran affairs John Limbert will
be in Geneva between February 9-10 to conduct diplomatic,
civil society, and media outreach ahead of the Iran UPR
session. Further details regarding Ambassador Limbert's
visit are forthcoming.

BACKGROUND ON THE UPR
---------------------

7. (U) The UPR was established when the Human Rights
Council was created on March 15, 2006 by the UN General
Assembly. This mandated the Council to "undertake a
universal periodic review, based on objective and reliable
information, of the fulfillment by each State of its human
rights obligations and commitments in a manner which ensures
universality of coverage and equal treatment with respect to
all States." All UN Member States take part in the UPR. The
ultimate goal of UPR is the improvement of the human rights
situation in every country with significant consequences for
people around the globe.
The UPR is designed to prompt, support, and expand the
promotion and protection of human rights on the ground. To
achieve this, the UPR involves assessing States' human rights
records and addressing human rights violations wherever they
occur. The UPR provides States with the opportunity to
self-assess areas for improvement and to seek technical
assistance; the UPR provides the United States with the
opportunity to follow up bilaterally with States under review
on the achievements, areas for
improvement, and human rights commitments identified through
the UPR process.
CLINTON

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
World Headlines

 

UN: Decades Of Health Gains At Risk In Brazil Due To COVID-19

Although COVID-19 cases are declining in Brazil, the pandemic is putting decades of public health gains there at risk, the head of the World Health Organization ( WHO ) said on Friday. With global attention and support focused this week ... More>>

UN Report: Myanmar Approaching Point Of Economic Collapse

The turmoil following the military coup in Myanmar, coupled with the impact of COVID-19 could result in up to 25 million people – nearly half of the country’s population, living in poverty by early next year, a United Nations report said on Friday. That ... More>>

World Vision: India’s Second Wave Shows The Global Fight Against COVID-19 Is Far From Won

As India’s COVID-19 daily infection rates reach devastating levels, international aid agency World Vision has warned that the world is nowhere near defeating this virus and some nations are yet to face their worst days. Andrew Morley, World Vision ... More>>

Focus On: UN SDGs

Study: Cut Methane Emissions To Avert Global Temperature Rise

6 May 2021 Methane emissions caused by human activity can be reduced by up to 45 per cent this decade, thus helping to keep global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius in line with the Paris Agreement on climate change, according to a UN-backed ... More>>

UN: Learning From COVID-19, Forum To Highlight Critical Role Of Science, Technology And Innovation In Global Challenges

New York, 4 May —To build on the bold innovations in science, technology and innovations that produced life-saving solutions during the COVID-19 pandemic, the UN will bring together experts to highlight measures that can broaden the development and deployment ... More>>

What COVID-19 Has Taught Us: “Healthcare Can No Longer Exist Without Technology”

A grandmother in a village in the Gambia should have the same quality of life and access to healthcare they deserve as in New York or London. Photo: InnovaRx Global Health Start-up Works To Bridge Healthcare Gap In The Gambia By: Pavithra Rao As ... More>>