UN chief welcomes interim agreement on Iran's nuclear programme

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today warmly welcomed an interim agreement reached regarding Iran's nuclear programme and urged the Governments concerned to do everything possible to continue negotiations.

Human rights reform must be central to new Iranian Government’s agenda – UN expert

Human rights reform must be a central aspect of the new Iranian Government’s agenda, an independent United Nations expert stressed today, highlighting a number of concerns that must be addressed to protect and promote the well-being of the country’s people.

Independent UN expert urges Iran to release remaining political prisoners

Calling the recent prisoner release in Iran “a step in the right direction,” an independent United Nations human rights expert today urged the Government to let go hundreds of others detained for exercising their rights to freedom of expression, association and assembly.

UN rights chief encourages Iranian Government to build on recent prisoner release

The United Nations human rights chief has welcomed this week’s release of 12 political prisoners in Iran, including a number of women’s rights activists, political activists and journalists, and encouraged Tehran to build on this positive step.

In meeting with Iranian official, UN chief lauds release of political prisoners

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today commended the efforts of the new Government in Iran in promoting dialogue with the international community, and its recent release of a dozen political prisoners, as he met with the country’s Foreign Minister.

UN chief congratulates Hasan Rowhani on election as President of Iran

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today congratulated Hasan Rowhani on his election as the next President of Iran, and commended the country's high turnout to the polls.

Security Council extends mandate of panel monitoring Iran sanctions

The Security Council today extended the mandate of the expert panel established to monitor and enforce sanctions against Iran over its failure to cooperate with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) regarding its nuclear programme.

UN, Iran nuclear talks ‘going around in circles’ – UN official

Discussions between the United Nations and Iran on clarifying outstanding issues related to the country’s nuclear programme are “going around in circles,” the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) reported today

Barring women from presidential office in Iran a serious rights violation, UN experts say

A group of United Nations experts today warned that measures preventing women and other citizens from running for presidential office in Iran constitute a serious violation of rights guaranteed by international law.

UN experts urge Iranian authorities to free jailed Baha’i community leaders

A group of independent United Nations experts today reiterated its call on Iranian authorities for the immediate release of seven Baha’i community leaders imprisoned five years ago this month with 20-year sentences – the longest of any current prisoners of conscience.