Spokeswoman Condemns Anti-Iran Human Rights Draft Resolution
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Iranian foreign ministry spokeswoman on Wednesday condemned the latest draft resolution passed by a UN General Assembly committee on the status of human rights in Iran.
The draft resolution, which condemns alleged human rights violations in Iran and was sponsored by Canada, was approved by the 193-nation assembly's Third Committee, which focuses on human rights, and will be put to formal votes next month in the General Assembly.
The draft resolution on Iran was adopted by a vote of 83-36 with 62 abstentions on Tuesday.
“Unfortunately, based on a trend over the past few years, a number of western countries, spearheaded by Canada, drafted and passed a resolution against our county in the United Nations General Assembly’s Third Committee with political objectives for the alleged violation of human rights,” Marziyeh Afkham said on Wednesday.
She argued that the resolution has been drafted based on the websites run by western governments and infamous and affiliated terrorist groups.
Afkham also added that the Islamic Republic “strongly rejects the definition and the content of that resolution,” expressing regret that the United Nations’ mechanisms and tools in regard with the human rights have provided a pretext for western countries to execute their political objectives.
The Iranian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman went on to say that regardless of such political acts of interference, Iran will adhere to the Shariah (Islamic law) and the principles of its Constitution to uphold and promote the rights of all Iranian nationals.
Earlier, Iran's Ambassador to the UN Mohammad Khazaei had also said the draft UN resolution “does not acknowledge the positive human rights developments in the Iranian society."
"The Islamic Republic of Iran has taken a long-term approach and genuine measures to safeguard all human rights of its people," he added.
Khazaei had also accused Canada of brushing off “Iran’s enormous advancement” and presenting a resolution “devoid of facts.”