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2022-June-22  10:48

Iran: UN Human Rights Report Based on Terrorist Groups’ Baseless Claims

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said that the recent report by the UN secretary-general about the human rights situation in Iran is politically-driven and based on claims raised by anti-Iran terrorist groups.

As we have several times emphasized, such resolutions are politically-motivated, unjust, biased, and not based on the reality of the exalted human rights while the member countries’ consensus, too, was not behind that resolution, Saeed Khatibzadeh said on Tuesday about the recent UN General Assembly resolution on the status of the human rights in Iran.

The Islamic Republic of Iran has presented its logical viewpoints on every article of the UN secretary-general and sent it to his office, but Iran’s rejection was unfortunately not heeded, which was very meaningful, he added.

Khatibzadeh said that the main basis of the UN secretary-general’s report was the baseless claims of terrorist groups, adding that Iran’s detailed response to that report will be handed out to all countries’ representatives at the UN Human Rights Council.

Iranian officials have in several occasions blasted the UN and other international bodies’ biased reports under the influence of mostly western states, saying that the country’s human rights situation has improved based on the Islamic and internal laws.

In April, Iranian Judiciary Deputy Chief and Secretary-General of Iran's Human Rights Headquarters Kazzem Qaribabadi underlined progress in the country’s human rights situation based on the Constitution and the Islamic laws.

In its midterm report to the UN Human Rights Council, Iran’s Judiciary’s High Council for Human Rights stressed that “huge progress” has been made in the human rights situation in Iran.

The report was prepared by Qaribabadi and was sent to the UN Human Rights Council on Saturday in line with the Universal Periodic Review, known as UPR, a process that involves a review of the human rights records of all member states of the UN.  

The report cites “huge progress” in improving the human rights situation in Iran, based on Islamic standards and the country’s constitution,

“In accordance with the existing conditions and with the aim of upholding social justice and establishing people’s welfare, Iran has made huge investment in economic, cultural and social fields, and has guaranteed people’s rights to equal participation and progress.”

The report elaborated on Iran’s laws and measures aimed at supporting human rights for different groups, from the disabled to religious minorities, women and children to refugees, during the Iranian year 1399 (March 2020-March 2021) and the first six months of year 1400 (ended on March 20, 2022).

Qaribabadi wrote in the report that Iran has made significant achievements in improving its human rights situation despite restrictions in place as a result of “cruel and inhumane” sanctions imposed by the US over the past 43 years.

“The unilateral coercive measures by the United States against the Islamic Republic of Iran over the past four decades have extensively and discriminately violated the basic rights of the Iranian people and left irreparable harms,” he added.

“Those measures are in clear violation of the UN Charter, international law regulations as well as international human rights laws,” Qaribabadi noted.

His report referred to the US measures, including sanctions on medicine imports and equipment to Iran, saying that such sanctions had an adverse effect on hospitals during the Covid-19 pandemic.