0255 GMT November 29, 2021
Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman blasted the latest report on the situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic by the UN special rapporteur, saying it is based on a selective approach and pursues political goals.
Saeed Khatibzadeh also condemned and rejected the unsubstantiated claims in the report presented to the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly by the UN special rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Iran, Javaid Rehman, mfa.ir wrote.
He stressed that the report is in contradiction with the principles and criteria governing the work done by UN special rapporteurs, including the need for collecting facts from reliable and solid sources.
Khatibzadeh said the the report can, in no way, be a real and correct assessment of the human rights situation in Iran.
Commenting on Rehman’s constant hostility and baseless accusations against Iran, the spokesman noted that the special rapporteur’s background completely erodes the credibility of his reports, turning them into political statements by hostile anti-Iran and terrorist groups.
The Islamic Republic of Iran has a democratic system and is committed to and takes step toward promoting human rights at national, regional and international levels within the framework of its religious commitments, the Constitution, domestic laws and international treaties.
On Monday, Zahra Ershadi, Iran’s deputy ambassador to the UN, said Rehman’s latest report has used information provided by terrorist groups as its source.
She noted that such reports only aim to use human rights as an instrument against other countries.
Iran’s envoy expressed regret that the special rapporteur has used as his source reports given to him by terrorist groups that are still being backed by their sponsors and erroneously introduced as human rights defenders.
Iran’s deputy envoy then condemned as reprehensible the UN special rapporteur's glorification of those terrorists whose hands are covered by the blood of innocent Iranians.
She noted that other weaknesses in the special rapporteur’s report include taking advantage of ambiguous and unofficial sources that are sworn enemies of the Islamic Republic and taking a selective approach to Iran’s human rights achievements.
Iran has on numerous occasions called on the UN not to use unofficial and unsubstantiated sources to compile its human rights reports, urging the world body to refrain from resorting to selective approaches that would undermine its credibility.