The United States has not maintained diplomatic relations with Iran for the past three decades. In multilateral fora and through public statements, the United States urges the Islamic Republic of Iran to respect the human rights of its citizens, draws attention to the country's human rights abuses, and encourages the government to uphold its human rights obligations in law and in practice, including its obligations under the international human rights conventions to which it is a party.
Part 2: Supporting Top Priorities and Other Aspects of Human Rights and Democratic Governance
The United States communicates human rights concerns about individual political prisoners to the government via the Swiss Protecting Power in Tehran and releases press statements highlighting the abuses of individuals or groups by the government. The United States supports access to information and adherence to human rights standards via Voice of America radio and television broadcasts. The Persian-language version of the Department's America.gov Web site also supports free access to information, posts articles about American society and values, and carries translations of U.S. reports about Iran that focus on human rights abuses, international religious freedom, and trafficking in persons. U.S. government-supported Persian-language bloggers engage Iranians online and answer their questions about U.S. policy and society. The United States also funds Radio Farda, a Persian-language radio station broadcasting to Iran from offices in Prague and Washington, D.C.For the seventh year in a row, the United States co-sponsored and actively supported a UN General Assembly Third Committee resolution addressing the Iranian human rights situation. The United States regularly raises concerns about the government's poor human rights record in consultations with other governments, urging them to raise these concerns during any formal human rights dialogue or other bilateral contact with the Iranian government. At the Human Rights Council's Universal Periodic Review in February 2010, the United States called attention to the lack of due process, arbitrary arrests and detentions, use of torture and closure of newspapers in the country.