Iranian Envoy Blasts UN Human Rights Report on Iran
TEHRAN (Tasnim) - Iran’s ambassador to the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) slammed the UN special rapporteur’s latest report on the status of human rights in Iran.
In his latest report to the UN Human Rights Council, the global body’s special rapporteur for human rights in Iran, Ahmed Shaheed, repeated his baseless accusations against the Islamic Republic regarding the status of human rights.
Shaheed has also accused Iranian President Hassan Rouhani of failing to improve human rights in the country.
In reply, Iran’s ambassador to the UNHRC, Mohsen Naziri Asl, said Shaheed’s report has been prepared on the basis of western standards and disregards Iran’s culture and judicial procedures.
The envoy also criticized the UN rapporteur for turning a blind eye to the West’s unilateral sanctions on Iran, which he said have violated the basic rights of Iranians.
On June 17, 2011, the UN Human Rights Council, under pressure from the US and its allies, named former Maldivian foreign minister, Ahmed Shaheed, as human rights rapporteur on Iran.
Tehran insists that the appointment of a UN special rapporteur on Iran's human rights situation is a selective, politically-motivated and unacceptable move.