Using Terrorists As witnesses ? Iran Rejects Human Rights Rapporteur’s Report on Iran

Using Terrorists As witnesses ? Iran Rejects Human Rights Rapporteur’s Report on Iran

Using Terrorists As witnesses - Mujahedin Khalq Rajavi CultTasnim News, Tehran, October 26 2021:… Ambassador and Deputy Permanent Representative of Iran to the United Nations Zahra Ershadi delivered a speech to the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly focusing on “item 74: Report of the Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran”, held on Monday. In her speech, Ershadi rejected the country-specific resolutions as antithetical to the cause of human rights and counter-productive for its promotion. Using Terrorists As witnesses 

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Using Terrorists As witnesses ? Iran Rejects Human Rights Rapporteur’s Report on Iran

Envoy Rejects UN Human Rights Rapporteur’s Report on Iran

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – The Iranian deputy ambassador to the United Nations criticized the UN special rapporteur for resorting to false information provided by terrorist groups as a source to compile his latest report on the situation of human rights in Iran.

Ambassador and Deputy Permanent Representative of Iran to the United Nations Zahra Ershadi delivered a speech to the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly focusing on “item 74: Report of the Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran”, held on Monday.

In her speech, Ershadi rejected the country-specific resolutions as antithetical to the cause of human rights and counter-productive for its promotion.

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What follows is the text of her speech:

“The Islamic Republic of Iran rejects country-specific resolutions as antithetical to the cause of human rights and counter-productive for its promotion. It only contributes to scapegoating the targeted country at the price of sidelining meaningful interaction and dialogue on human rights. The appointment of a special rapporteur for Iran is an unjust and politically-motivated scheme initiated by the West, especially Canada, in pursuance of its adversarial attitude against our nation. As such, the resolution and its ensuing mandate have only contributed to accumulation of disparaging clichés and malign stereotypes against Iran.

Underneath the Iranian soil lie the bodies of thousands of those who have sacrificed their precious lives to defend our nation and people during the imposed Saddam Hussein’s war against Iran whose financial resources, chemical weapons, tanks, aircrafts and even bullets were supplied by the same Western countries whose representatives are present in this session. But when you dig the grounds in Canada, you discover the remains of thousands of indigenous children who were sexually abused, killed and dumped in mass graves. How many statements have so far been delivered by the representatives of the countries criticizing my country about the vicious campaign of genocide in Canada? NONE. The West is instead leaving no stone unturned to continue the bitter legacy of Canada’s forced-assimilation, and acclimatize our high and decent human rights standards to those of itself. Rest assured, that is not going to happen.

Iran is determined to continue safeguarding its people against the threat of violent extremism and terrorism, rampant in our region principally due to addictive interventions, occupation and aggression by the United States and its allies and clients. It is a bitter irony, if not hypocritical, to pretend to care for human rights of the Iranians and feel relaxed and remain acquiescence vis-a-vis the United States’ unlawful and inhumane unilateral coercive measures, which are purposely attuned to take the heaviest toll on innocent children, women and men in need of medicine and medical care. The Special Rapporteur is also hesitant to condemn or even express concerns about unlawful and inhumane unilateral coercive measures.

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Protection and promotion of human rights should be a common cause for all of us. However, the abuse of human rights mechanisms to selectively harass countries enjoying constant progress in the field of human rights, compromises the sense of solidarity and strips this lofty cause of its humane meaning. While we have every reason to genuinely question the existence of any good face in appointing a special rapporteur for Iran’s human rights, we would not be distracted from serving our people by further deepening our truly democratic system of governance and by institutionalizing our accomplishments in terms of protection and promotion of human rights of our citizens.

We even have not shied away from talking frankly to the Special Rapporteur himself about the structural deficiencies and misleading contents of his report. We have also shared with him some of methodological deficits which are inconsistent with Resolution 5/2 on code of conduct for special procedure mandate-holders of the Human Rights Council as well as false allegations, absurd disinformation and hyperbolic exaggerations imported to his flawed report. We clarified to him for instance that capital punishment is only for the most serious crimes and is imposed through a very highly considered due process in accordance with laws. We have clarified to him that titles such as human rights defenders or dual nationality cannot bring impunity for the alleged offenders. Our endeavors and comments to enlighten the Special Rapporteur have fallen on deaf ears. Isn’t it because he wants to appease the so-called champions of human rights?

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We regret that one of the main sources of the Special Rapporteur continues to be the same terrorist groups which have long been laundered by their supporters and portrayed as opposition and so-called human rights defenders. Making use of unofficial, biased vague sources coming from sworn enemies, and taking a selective approach towards human rights achievements in the Islamic Republic of Iran put a serious question mark over the validity and reliability of such a report. It is repugnant to glorify terrorists whose hands are stained with the blood of innocent citizens.

The Islamic Republic of Iran will continue its genuine interaction with the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and other competent UN human rights mechanisms as well as other states to collaborate for the protection and promotion of human rights. The Islamic Republic of Iran is of the view that dialogue and cooperation based upon mutual respect and on an equal footing is the only way which guarantees promotion and protection of human rights at the international level. Such a mandate and report in question are only meant to weaponize human rights against certain countries.”

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Iran slams EU sanctions, calls out human rights violations

After the blacklisting of army commanders, Iran urges action over ‘violations’ of its citizens’ rights by EU states.

By  Maziar Motamedi

Tehran, Iran – In a strongly worded letter to the Council of the European Union, Iran formally protested against the blacklisting of several individuals and entities and what it says are European double standards on human rights in Iran.

The letter was written by the High Council of Human Rights of Iran – an entity under the country’s Supreme National Security Council currently headed by judiciary chief Ebrahim Raisi and comprised of several ministers – and handed to Portugal’s ambassador to Tehran Carlos Costa Neves as the country currently holds the presidency of the Council of the EU.

In response, Iran’s foreign ministry said it will immediately suspend talks with the EU on human rights and all resulting cooperation, including that on “terrorism”, illicit drugs, and refugees. It also traced “political intentions” behind the move and said is considering reciprocal sanctions.

In its letter, the Iranian human rights council condemns the EU for its policies that it says are “enforcing the illegal and oppressive sanctions” unilaterally imposed by the United States after it withdrew from Iran’s 2015 nuclear deal with world powers in May 2018.

The sanctions, which intensified only after the COVID-19 pandemic began in early 2020, have hampered imports of food and medicine, in addition to creating money transfer issues in buying coronavirus vaccines.

The letter says a number of EU member states have imposed “intentional damage on the health and wellbeing of the Iranian people, particularly children, women, the elderly, and persons with disability”.

For instance, it lists the names of more than a dozen children who died because of a lack of access to vital medicine to treat epidermolysis bullosa (EB), a rare medical condition that results in blistering of the skin and mucous membranes.

It also describes how several European countries refused to work or deal with Iranian firms on medicine, medical equipment, and vaccines, and says several airports have failed to provide services to Iranian passenger planes because of US sanctions.

The human rights council also condemns the fact that Iranian migrants and students have faced difficulties in opening bank accounts in European countries based on their nationality, and says several Iranian citizens are held in European prisons on “arbitrary” charges and have been mistreated in prison.

Moreover, it says the EU should have unequivocally condemned the January 2020 assassination of Iran’s top general Qassem Soleimani by the United States as a “clear example of state terrorism” that Iran believes was assisted by elements within the German government.

Among other things, the council also holds that a number of European countries continue to shelter members of the Mujahedin-e Khalq, which Iran recognises as a “terrorist organisation”, and provided Saddam Hussein with chemical weapons during the Iran-Iraq war in the 1980s

‘Double standards’

The letter is aimed at holding the EU accountable for its double standards on human rights in Iran, according to the deputy for international affairs at the Iranian council.

The letter is focused on two things: the violation of Iranians’ human rights by the EU inside Iran, and in European countries, Seyyed Majid Tafreshi told Al Jazeera.

“The Europeans who have so many claims on human rights are themselves the perpetrators of many human rights violations of Iranian citizens,” he said.

Tafreshi also said it is unfair that the EU directs the majority of its attention towards “following illegal sanctions imposed by the US” while ignoring the plight of Iranians inside and outside the country.

According to Tafreshi, the human rights council expects an “actionable response” to its letter, which called on the EU to “bring the violators of the fundamental rights of the Iranian nation into trial without any politicisation”.

It would only “strengthen Iran’s position” if the EU fails to adequately respond, he said.

‘Utter lack of knowledge’

An EU source told Al Jazeera the Council of the EU has yet to receive the letter, so it cannot comment on its contents.

Peter Stano, an EU spokesperson for foreign affairs and security policy, said it would be wrong to claim the EU has supported US sanctions on Iran.

“Quite to the contrary, the EU repeatedly rejected the unilateral imposition of the US sanctions and prevented US efforts under the Trump administration to reintroduce UN sanctions on Iran,” he said.

“And it was the EU that was always looking for ways to enable food and medicine supplies to Iran, especially in the context of the coronavirus pandemic. To claim otherwise is utter lack of knowledge and ignorance.”

Stano said the new European sanctions listings are completely unrelated to continuing efforts to restore the Iran nuclear deal.

“The EU supports a balanced, comprehensive approach with Iran through dialogue, with a view to addressing all issues of concern including human rights,” he said. “We are critical when there are divergences and cooperative when there is mutual interest.”

Talks on the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) in Vienna have been continuing for several weeks, with all sides saying progress is being made on lifting US sanctions and reversing Iran’s nuclear steps despite lingering challenges.

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