The member states of the United Nations (UN) Committee on NGOs have granted Justice for Iran consultative status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).
Having been granted this status, Justice for Iran now has the opportunity to work closely with international decision makers to better the human rights situation in Iran. This includes engagement with ECOSOC and its subsidiary bodies, the Human Rights Council and, under specific conditions, some meetings of the General Assembly and other intergovernmental bodies, as well as with the United Nations Secretariat.
“We are delighted to have the chance to work directly with the UN. We hope this opens more doors to bring the struggle for truth, justice and accountability for victims of international crimes perpetrated by Iranian officials to the forefront,” says Shadi Sadr, the Executive Director of Justice for Iran.
Unique opportunities are given to NGOs who hold this status, such as submitting papers and research directly to the Council, as well as using meetings held only for ECOSOC NGOs as methods of advocacy.
ECOSOC is one of the six principal organs of the UN, established by the UN charter in 1945. Being made up of 54 member states, it is responsible for international economic and social issues, as well as for encouraging respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms. Currently, ECOSOC consults with over 3,200 NGOs.