2021-March-2 22:56
2020-November-21  17:44

Iranian Parliament Blasts Canada for Violation of Women’s Rights

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Iranian legislators in a statement lashed out at Canada for sponsoring an anti-Iran human rights resolution, saying that Ottawa itself is one of the main violators of women’s rights.

“It is ridiculous that a country (Canada) whose prime minister has admitted racism earlier this year is collecting signatures against Iran. Based on a report by the Human Rights Watch on women’s killing, one woman has been murdered in Canada every one-and-a-half day in 2019, and (it is surprising that) they condemn the Islamic Iran for violation of women’s rights,” the statement issued by the parliament’s Human Rights Fraction said on Saturday.

The parliamentarians underlined that woman are highly honored in Iran based on the Islamic laws.

They rapped the politically-tainted UN human rights resolution against Iran, saying, “The great Iranian nation has no doubt in the political misuse of the western governments of the UN Human Rights Council.”

An anti-Iran resolution was passed with 79 ‘yes’ votes at the third committee of the UN General Assembly on Wednesday, even though 32 countries had voted against it and 64 others abstained from voting.

Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh blasted Canada for sponsoring the anti-Iran human rights resolution, calling on Ottawa to stop compliance with the US in sanctions and pressures if it really cares for the Iranian people.

Khatibzadeh deplored the UN resolution, drafted and proposed by Canada, as a rehash of “groundless” claims about the Islamic Republic’s human rights situation, saying it instead proves the “hypocrisy” of the “notorious” group of countries that voted for it.

He described the resolution as “unacceptable”, saying it “lacks any legal grounds and effect”.

Khatibzadeh noted that the move made by the Ottawa government and other sympathizers of the resolution is a clear example of “abusing lofty human rights concepts and values in order to achieve short-sighted political objectives.”

He expressed regret that the Canadian government is using human rights and its international mechanisms as a means for achieving its goals and political ambitions.

“Such unconstructive actions will not only fail to help promote the status of human rights and respect for human rights at the international level, but will only trigger moves to form negative clichés against, and attach political stigmas to independent countries,” the spokesman added.

In his statement, Khatibzadeh said the majority of UN member states either voted ‘no’ or abstained from voting in a bid to show their discontent with the hypocritical approach adopted by the supporters of the resolution.

The resolution was adopted with the votes of less than half the UN member states, including the Israeli regime, the United States, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, Albania, Britain and Canada, he said.

Khatibzadeh stressed it is a shame that Canada has brought together a bunch of governments with “notorious records in the domain of human rights”, including the American, Israeli and Bahraini regimes, to teach human rights to Iranian people.

He also urged Canada to stop hosting economic offenders and looters of Iranian people’s wealth, “who have found Canada a safe haven for the transfer and investment of the assets they have looted.”

In relevant remarks on Monday, the head of the Iranian Judiciary’s High Council for Human Rights had also slammed the countries trying to pass the anti-Iran rights resolution at the United Nations General Assembly’s Third Committee, highlighting bleak rights records of the sponsors of the draft resolution.

“Canada, which is the main driving force behind rights resolution against Iran has a record of systematic violation of human rights,” including against the country’s native population while being among top countries in terms of violence against women and girls, Ali Baqeri Kani said.

“Those who are behind this resolution are the same countries, which have given refuge to terrorist groups that have killed thousands of Iranians ... or have been following suit with the United States’ “maximum pressure” campaign by implementing Washington’s unjust and illegal sanctions against the Iranian nation,” Iran’s rights chief added.