Former Foreign Minister of the Maldives Dr Ahmed Shaheed has been appointed UN Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in Iran, a high-profile post in the UN system.
The 47 Member States of the Human Rights Council unanimously endorsed the appointment of Dr Shaheed after he was selected from a list of candidates by the President of the Council.
Special Rapporteurs are endorsed by the Council to investigate countries and themes around the world, such as freedom of expression.
Candidates are usually figures with a record of experience dealing with the international community and other nation states.
The UN called on Iran to cooperate with Dr Shaheed and permit his access to the country, as well as provide necessary information.
He will present his findings to the UN General Assembly in September 2011, and produce a full report on the situation for the UN Human Rights Council in March 2012./-