US, Sweden to push UN rights body to act on Iran

March 5, 2011 00:51

GENEVA - The United States will strongly support a Swedish effort to have the UN Human Rights Council appoint a special investigator into rights violations in Iran, US ambassador Eileen Donahoe said on Friday.

She told a news briefing the idea had backing from a wide range of countries in the 47-nation council -- including members of the self-styled non-aligned group (NAM), who normally unite to shield each other from criticism.

Earlier this week, Swedish state secretary for foreign affairs Frank Belfrage told the five-year-old rights body his country was deeply concerned by "the worsening human rights situation in Iran."

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