Iran slams UN human rights report; attacks US, Britain

UN special rapporteur on human rights in Iran says gov't in Tehran had not allowed him to visit Iran while making assessment for report.

By REUTERS
October 20, 2011 04:34
2 minute read.
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad [file]

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad 311 (R). (photo credit: REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl)

 
X

Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user uxperience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew, Ivrit
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Repor
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later Don't show it again

UNITED NATIONS - Tehran on Wednesday slammed a report by a UN investigator that said human rights abuses in Iran appear to be increasing and blamed the United States and Europe for the negative assessment of Tehran.

The UN special rapporteur on human rights in Iran, Ahmed Shaheed of the Maldives, also said in his report to the UN General Assembly published earlier this week that the Iranian government had not allowed him to visit Iran while making his assessment.

Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page.


RELATED:
US sanctions Syria, Iran for human rights abuses
UK happy to talk human rights with Iran after criticism

Iran's Deputy UN Ambassador Eshagh al-Habib rejected the report's findings, saying the assembly's decision to appoint a special rapporteur in the first place was the "result of a one-sided approach and political ambition of certain countries in particularly the United State and its Europeans allies."

"The US as the main enemy ... of Iran and spares no effort to manipulate the international community with fabricated and misleading misinformation," he said, according to the written text of his speech to the General Assembly's Third Committee, which covers human rights issues.

"This country is better off to look and correct the dark history and record of its own grave violations of human rights, not only at home, but also abroad," Habib said.

He added that Britain should "address its own humanitarian affairs related to its people who protested throughout that country to show their dissatisfaction."



Regarding Shaheed's report, Habib said that it consisted of "poorly sourced, exaggerated and outdated allegations."

"Its content is absolutely unjustified, unwarranted and unacceptable for my country," he said. "It also lacks the principles of independence, non-selectivity, impartiality."

He added that Iran had "expressed its readiness to provide all the necessary information to the Special Rapporteur (for) an impartial, balanced, nonpolitical, substantiated and well documented report." But that was not reflected in the report, he said.

Habib urged the Third Committee to "rectify and adjust" Shaheed's report.

Among the abuses by the Iranian justice system that Shaheed investigated were "torture, cruel, or degrading treatment of detainees, the imposition of the death penalty in the absence of proper judicial safeguards, (and) the status of women," according to Shaheed's report.

Shaheed also criticized the detention conditions for, and denial of rights of, Iranian opposition leaders Mirhossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karoubi and their wives, describing their situations as "deeply disturbing."

Related Content

July 19, 2018
Sources close to Netanyahu: Trump knew the Iran nuclear deal was bad

By HERB KEINON, MICHAEL WILNER