News ID: 291496
Published: 0840 GMT March 10, 2021

Iran: UN Rapporteur's report on human rights unfair, deviant

Iran: UN Rapporteur's report on human rights unfair, deviant

Permanent representative of Iran to the International Organizations in Geneva Esmaeil Baqaei Hamane criticized the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Iran for his “unfair” and “deviating” report.

Hamaneh made the remarks at 46th regular session of the Human Rights Council (22 February to 23 March 2021) on Tuesday, IRNA reported.

He said that documents on legal reforms indicate Iran's determination to "promote and protect human rights."  

Javaid Rehman, UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran- in his report on March 9, claimed that women and girls are treated as second-class citizens in Iran and called for some urgent reforms.

Hamaneh noted that Western political motivation is behind Rehman’s report.

“The way “human rights” discourses are framed and weaponized by a certain group of States to score points in their political conflicts against their adversaries should be a matter of serious concern to any responsible stakeholder,” said the top diplomat.

He stressed, “Our women are not second-class citizens. It is absolutely unacceptable for any person, regardless of his/her title, to denigrate half a population of a country, our mothers, sisters and daughters, as ‘second class citizens.”

The Islamic Republic of Iran honors our female doctors and nurses whom we lost to the pandemic. They are regarded as our Martyrs not as ‘second class citizens’, as pejoratively called by Mr. Rehman in his yesterday’s press release.  We are alarmed how a flawed mandate can be reduced into a venue for propagating oversimplifying, prejudicial and judgmental statements about a whole nation.

In today’s Iran, women-run 50 percent of managerial positions in the Ministry of Health; 73 percent of health professionals and 49 percent of physicians are women. Women's life expectancy has reached, from 56 years in 1976 to 79 in 2018. Close to 50 percent of internet users in Iran are women and women’s participation rate in R&D activities has increased to 31.2 percent according to a recent UNESCO survey. Close to 50 percent of higher education graduates are women, and 31 percent of the employees are women with higher education.

Nevertheless, we will stand resolute in supporting the cause of human rights.  Nothing will distract us from pursuing our continuous endeavor to promote and protect human rights including through constant examination of our institutional, legal, administrative and judicial constructs.

“We continue to do our utmost to minimize the suffering of our people despite unjust economic warfare that has targeted our health sector worst,” Hamaneh said stressing, “We have already begun vaccination of our population and are working on our indigenously developed Covid-19 Vaccine despite all the challenges.”

Resource: IRNA
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