1143 GMT December 04, 2020
“It is regrettable that a group of countries from the North feel entitled only to point finger selectively at other countries, tellingly almost all from the South, as if they are here only to preach on human rights forgetting about their own faults and overlooking the fact that much of calamities of today in many countries of the South are reminiscent of past colonial era and the continuing supremacist mindset demonstrated in today’s interference,” Iran’s Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the UN Office in Geneva Esmaeil Baqaei Hamaneh said, according to IRNA.
Addressing the 45th Session of the UN Human Rights Council on Saturday, he added that this approach has only caused division and confrontation and turned the human rights into a tool to intervene in domestic affairs of developing countries.
“Rule of law is the bedrock for promotion and protection of human rights. Exerting pressure on sovereign countries in the name of human rights to change their domestic legal system or interference in judicial processes of other states are appallingly negating this principle,” Baqaei Hamaneh said.
The ambassador also expressed concern over the gross and systematic violations of human rights of Palestinians under occupation as the most protracted human rights violations in the world.
Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesperson also slammed the European Union’s unacceptable move to issue the joint statement against Iran at the Human Rights Council.
“The Islamic Republic of Iran considers the European Union’s move to issue a joint statement at the Human Rights Council to be unacceptable,” Saeed Khatibzadeh said on Friday, according to Tasnim News Agency.
Such a statement with a selective and baseless stance lacks validity and credibility, the Iranian official said, adding that the EU statement fundamentally runs counter to the approach to promotion of human rights.
Any abuse of the human rights mechanisms and interference in the internal affairs of Iran would be unacceptable, Khatibzadeh added.
“'It's not anything new that some European states are silent and indifferent in the face of the gravest violations of human rights by themselves and their allies. They are competing with each other for the sale of billions of dollars in arms to Saudi Arabia and the region’s despots for the massacre of defenseless people of Yemen.
“They (certain European states) describe the suppression of protestors, killing of black people, massacre of minorities, particularly the Muslims, the harassment and torture of prisoners and putting pressure on the migrants inside the EU borders as the enforcement of law, but at the same time call the judicial measures on the basis of the penal law made by the competent courts of the other countries a violation of human rights,” the Iranian spokesman stated.
“Such double standards show that this group of countries is not sincere in advocating human rights and reveals the political employment of such concept,” he said.
Reuters on Friday quoted three sources as saying that France's Foreign Ministry this week summoned Iran's envoy over the country's human rights record, signaling concern about what Paris calls "serious and constant violations."
Separately, Germany on the same day issued a critical statement on Iran to the United Nations Human Rights Council on behalf of 47 countries.
"The French authorities regularly express their concerns about the serious and constant violations of human rights in Iran," France’s Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Agnes von der Muhll said.
"These concerns are shared by many partners, including Germany and the United Kingdom."