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UN Investigator: Iran Appears More Willing To Talk Human Rights

The UN's special rapporteur on human rights in Iran says Iranian authorities seem more willing to engage with the United Nations on human rights.

Ahmed Shaheed, who is due to present his annual report to the General Assembly this week, described this year's report on October 26 as "marginally more optimistic" than previous ones.

"The real reason for that is that I am witnessing a greater desire on behalf of Iran to engage with me and the UN," Shaheed told reporters in New York.

But he also said Iran had yet to take concrete steps to improve its rights record, criticizing Tehran for "rising executions" and for jailing some 40 journalists so far the year.

He also said the nuclear agreement reached this summer with world powers would "present opportunities for advancing human rights."

Based on reporting by AFP and AP