Official: UN Rights Rapporteur Confuses Reporting with Acting
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Iran has breached norms of objective reporting and seems more like an actor who frequents different media to level unfounded accusation against Iran, a senior judiciary official said Tuesday.
“We have no problem with reporting, but this Mr. Rapporteur tramples on the entire professional norms of reporting and acts like a commercial actor against the Islamic Republic of Iran,” Secretary General of Iran's High Council for Human Rights Mohammad Javad Larijani said on Tuesday.
Larijani said that UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Iran Ahmad Shaeed has several times requested to visit Iran, but "what we want to know is whether he wants a commercial or a report here."
On March 24th, 2011 a resolution establishing the mandate of a Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran was adopted by the Human Rights Council.
On June 17th, 2011, President of the Human Rights Council appointed Ahmed Shaheed, former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Maldives, as the special rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Iran. Shaheed officially assumed responsibility for the mandate on 1 August 2011.
Iran says Shaheed’s reports have been prepared based on dissident reports and the accusations of terrorist groups, and are thus devoid of truth, and for this reason he has been prevented from visiting the country.