|Anti-Iran resolution will lead to further politicization of human rights in UN: envoy||
TEHRAN – Iranian Ambassador to the United Nations said on Tuesday that the adoption of flawed resolutions would lead to further polarization and politicization of human rights in the UN.
Ambassador Mohammad Khazaee made the remarks in a speech at the UN headquarters before a UN committee passed a resolution condemning the human rights situation in Iran.
Following are excerpts of the text of Khazaee’s speech:
Insisting on tabling of this procedurally and substantively flawed resolution, which may only satisfy the short-sighted political interests of a few countries, undermines the imperatives of United Nations human rights machinery. Clearly, a move of this nature, in principle, only undermines the promotional potentials within the system and direct the environment towards further polarization and politicization of human rights in the United Nations.
Giving an illuminating example, I went through the draft resolution thoroughly, and surprisingly found out that in a single draft resolution more than one hundred and fifty unsubstantiated allegations are leveled against my country, whereas only few positive human rights developments with negative connotations are implicitly mentioned. Clearly, this serious structural imbalance in the draft, which in no way could be considered reflection of the actual situation on the ground, is contrary to rationality and reason.
Furthermore, the resolution has major obvious flaws in terms of “facts” and “concerns” it articulates. It is out of touch with realities of the Iranian society because of relying on websites and partial Media as the main source of information. It is overly heedless of the internal and indigenous mechanisms in protection and promotion of human rights. In the draft resolution, orthodox judgmental approach based on prejudice is employed and vigorously pursued, to the extent that remarkable efforts are made to build up negative image of the draft domestic penal code before its coming into force. Huge exaggeration and persistent focus on rights of one of the minorities in Iranian colorful society has been among the particularities of this draft resolution since its inception.
The content of Iran’s resolution, as pointed out earlier, in particular, the reporting procedure established therein, alone, suffice to illustrate that this move against my country is ill-intended. The resolution, contrary to established practice, gives redundant mandate to the Secretary General to compile and produce a parallel report, in addition to the report mandated to be produced by the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic Iran.
It seems, when it comes to the Islamic Republic of Iran, the drafters of the resolution purposefully disregard even their advocated criteria, denouncing duplication, parallelism and redundancy of the work in the United Nations human rights mechanisms. As (a) result of this double-standard, two similar reports with the same nature and many overlapping have been submitted to this Committee, indicating that with regard to Iran practices and procedures could simply be ignored.
Furthermore, compilation of the reports on the so-called situation of human rights in Iran has substantially and significantly deviated from professional, just, non-discriminatory, fair, and non-political principles established within human rights special procedures.
In principle, the Islamic Republic of Iran considers the reports of the UNSG and Special Rapporteur as an important mechanism, provided that they are purely professional and free from politicization. We firmly believe that the two repetitive reports submitted to the Third Committee have neglected a large number of achievements and positive developments of human right in my country. Moreover, the reports suffer from partiality and lack of balance, and both adopted a selective approach towards available information.
Ironically, although despite the fact that there are ample examples of violations of human rights in the countries of self-proclaimed champion of human rights, none of them are under any scrutiny through country specific resolutions.
Various reports of the Thematic Rapporteurs and Treaty Bodies of the United Nations human rights machinery bear testimony to the fact that Canada and other sponsors of this draft resolution are themselves implicated in serious human rights violations for which they must be held accountable.
Increasing discrimination against immigrants, Muslims and other people of foreign origin, the aggressive, unnecessary, and excessive police force against peaceful protesters, and journalists, unjustified closure of public space, dispersal of peaceful assemblies in Europe, United States, and Canada, the gross violation of human rights and international humanitarian law by the U.S. under different pretexts are but a few examples among many others that figure notably on the long list of human rights violations by the sponsors of this draft resolution. No one can deny that the speedy increase in Islamophobia in the Western world have seriously violated the fundamental rights of the Muslim populations in those countries. The special Rapporteur on violence against women reported of gross violation of human rights of women in particular black women in the U.S. prisons as well as in the US army. Not to mention killing of innocent Afghan women and children by the US drone on a daily basis.
Additionally, it is also reported by the reliable sources about the human rights situation in the U.S. in recent years which refer to: “the persecutions of the Occupy Wall Street movement activists, excessive use of force and cruel prison conditions,scores of men remained in indefinite military detention in Guantanamo... hundreds of people held in US military custody in the US detention facility on the Bagram airbase in Afghanistan etc. The U.S. authorities blocked efforts to secure accountability and remedy for crimes under international law committed against detainees previously subjected to the USA’s secret detention and rendition program”.
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