Thursday, November 29, 2012

Human Rights: Iran condemns manipulation of human rights by West

Source: IRNA

Tehran, Nov 28, IRNA - Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Ramin Mehmanparast condemned here on Wednesday the manipulation of human rights by western countries against independent states.

He made the remarks in reaction to the approval of a resolution against Iran in the Third Committee of the United Nations General Assembly.

'Western states use human rights as a tool for political games against the independent states; Tehran based on its constitution, its holy religion, as well as its great history, supports the human right ideals.'

Mehmanparast pointed to the critical violation of human rights in the western countries and their allies, noting that many of those countries which claimed to be human rights' advocates, are historically accused of systematic violation of human rights.

'Most parts of the approved resolution against Iran have been derived from an alleged report by Ahmed Shaheed, the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights situation in Iran, which is full of lies taken from the opposition groups' websites.'

He voiced hope that the human rights would become a base for the evolution of human being and peaceful coexistence of all people around the world.

Meanwhile, Iranian Ambassador to UN Mohammad Khaza'ie, too, dismissed the resolution against Tehran arguing that it is based on unconfirmed allegations and an attempt to meddle in the internal affairs of Iran.

The ambassador made the remarks in a speech at the UN headquarters before a UN committee passed a resolution condemning the human rights situation in Iran.

'Insisting on tabling of this procedurally and substantively flawed resolution, which may only satisfy the short-sighted political interests of a few countries, undermines the imperatives of United Nations human rights machinery. Clearly, a move of this nature, in principle, only undermines the promotional potentials within the system and direct the environment towards further polarization and politicization of human rights in the United Nations.'

He noted that the resolution has major obvious flaws in terms of “facts” and “concerns” it articulates.

'It is out of touch with realities of the Iranian society because of relying on websites and partial Media as the main source of information. It is overly heedless of the internal and indigenous mechanisms in protection and promotion of human rights. In the draft resolution, orthodox judgmental approach based on prejudice is employed and vigorously pursued, to the extent that remarkable efforts are made to build up negative image of the draft domestic penal code before its coming into force. Huge exaggeration and persistent focus on rights of one of the minorities in Iranian colorful society has been among the particularities of this draft resolution since its inception.'

The high-ranking official underlined that it is also reported by the reliable sources about the human rights situation in the US in recent years which refer to: 'the persecutions of the Occupy Wall Street movement activists, excessive use of force and cruel prison conditions,scores of men remained in indefinite military detention in Guantanamo... hundreds of people held in US military custody in the US detention facility on the Bagram airbase in Afghanistan etc. The US authorities blocked efforts to secure accountability and remedy for crimes under international law committed against detainees previously subjected to the USA’s secret detention and rendition program'.

A UN General Assembly committee on Tuesday, allegedly condemned Iran for widespread human rights abuses.

The resolution on Iran, which was drafted by Canada and co-sponsored by other Western countries, received 83 votes in favor, 31 against and 68 abstentions.

Both resolutions were passed by the 193-nation assembly's Third Committee, which focuses on human rights, and will be put to formal votes next month at plenary sessions of the General Assembly.