Addressing the Third Committee meeting of the UN General Assembly on Wednesday, Mohammad Zareian said the US insistence to continue or even intensify its policy of imposing illegal sanctions is immoral and against international law, iranpress.com reported.
He stressed US ‘coercive’ policy has put the lives of many people who are fighting the coronavirus around the world in danger.
“The inhumane unilateral coercive measures have blocked Iran’s efforts to import medicine and other medical supplies needed to fight the pandemic, thereby denying Iranians the right to health and to life. The unlawful sanctions have dealt a hefty blow to the very basic and fundamental rights of my people. And now, the ironic tragedy is that the US and its blind followers who confirm the unilateral coercive measures feel they can lecture us on human rights,” Zareian stated.
He added, "Contrary to US claims, humanitarian goods, and services for Iran continue to be affected by brutal sanctions. Financial institutions are afraid of retaliation from the United States, so the financial channels created to facilitate humanitarian goods transactions are ineffective having no tangible outcome."
Zareian was referring to the Instrument in Support of Trade Exchanges (INSTEX), a financial mechanism set by the European Union to facilitate legitimate trade with Tehran. It was introduced on January 31, 2019, by France, Germany, and Britain, the three countries party to the nuclear deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
The Iranian representative to UN further told the third committee meeting of the UN General Assembly about the silence of Washington allies regarding US crime of assassinating Iran’s anti-terrorism commander Lt. General Qassem Soleimani, commander of the Quds Force of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC).
"In their view, the targeted assassination of Lt. General Soleimani, who was a peace defender and a hero in the fight against terrorism, is not surprisingly a violation of human rights," Zareian complained adding, Those who shed crocodile tears for the human rights situation in our region are the ones who have razed the entire region to the ground and turned it into the wasteland with their arms sales.”
He concluded by emphasizing Iran's commitment to the balanced and non-political cooperation of UN mechanisms, saying, "Mechanisms such as the Comprehensive Periodic Review which should be seen as a viable solution and the only mechanism that addresses the human rights situation in all member states as well as paying attention to them on the same basis, must be strengthened."
The representative of Iran in the third committee of the General Assembly of the Organization considered human rights as the common heritage of humanity.
He added Iran’s firm commitment in promoting and protecting human rights is deeply rooted in the rich civilization and religious teachings of the country.