Iranian urges UN to appoint envoy to probe human rights abuse in Iran

Iranian Nobel Peace Prize recipient Shirin Ebadi on Thursday called on the UN to appoint an envoy to investigate human rights abuses in Iran following the disputed June 12 presidential election, Reuters reported. Ebadi, a human rights lawyer, had made the request to Ban directly in a telephone conversation on June 23, eleven days after Iran's election. The United Nations at the time disclosed the conversation but did not mention the request for a human rights envoy. According to the report, the letter to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon was also signed by the rights groups International Federation for Human Rights and the Iranian League for the Defence of Human Rights. Ban currently is on a trip to Myanmar in a bid to get the military junta there to release all political prisoners and prepare for credible elections next year, and spokesman for Ban said the letter had been received by his office.