News ID: 291718
Published: 0701 GMT March 24, 2021

Iran: Violators of nations' rights cannot be advocates of human rights

Iran: Violators of nations' rights cannot be advocates of human rights

The spokesman of Iran’s Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday those nations that are violating other nations' rights cannot claim to be advocates of human rights and cannot judge the human rights situation in other countries.

Saeed Khatibzadeh made the remarks reacting to adoption of a resolution against the human rights situation in Iran with minimum of votes at the 46th meeting of the United Nations Human Rights Council on March 23, IRNA reported.

Rejecting the resolution, Khatibzadeh said that certain European countries have been behind adoption of the resolution.

He censured the resolution for extending mission of UN special rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran and noted the rapporteur is the one whose reports do not include anything about death of tens of innocent children and hundreds of sick people due to not having access to medicine or medical equipment because of the US sanctions against Iran.

All allegations against Iran since March 2011 have been made partially, he noted.

The US regime has exerted pressure on countries not to release Iranian assets frozen in their banks due to the illegal sanctions that Washington reimposed on Tehran following its unilateral withdrawal from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

The restrictions have caused problems for the country to buy the medicine needed in the country, especially amid the coronavirus pandemic. 

As stated over and over, Tehran calls appointment of special rapporteur for a country like Iran as inexcusable and unconstructive, Khatibzadeh underlined.

He stressed that Iran is a country which has been faithful to its commitments despite the unjust pressures from the US economic terrorism.

Further, he termed approval of anti-Iran resolution as a move to use the human rights issue as a tool and ignore beliefs and cultural features of different societies.

Expressing regret over misusing the issue of human rights by certain states and pursuing the double-standard policy on the issue, Khatibzadeh pointed to the US move to suppress national protest as a good example to see the US commitment to Human Rights Law and the decision at the UN Human Rights Council against Iran by certain states known as perpetrators of Human Rights violations.

In a related development, Permanent representative of Iran to the international organizations in Geneva Esmaeil Baqaei Hamaneh at the 46th regular session of the Human Rights Council (22 February to 23 March 2021) on March 23 censured hostile measures taken by US and UK against Iran and cautioned against continuation of misuse of the UN Human Rights Council by few countries which have no limitation on using the issue of Human Rights as a tool.

Anti-Iran resolution to extend mission of special rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran was approved at the Council with 21 votes in favor and 26 against or abstained.

Resource: IRNA
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