Iran Rejects UN Rights Resolution as ‘Politically-Motivated’

Bahram Qassemi

Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi says the anti-Iran resolution adopted by the UN General Assembly’s Human Rights Committee has been drafted and approved based on a biased and politically-motivated approach.

The resolution was adopted during the 73rd session of the Third Committee of the General Assembly with the support of governments which are themselves among the biggest violators of human rights in their own countries and in other states, Qassemi said in a Friday statement, condemning these countries for backing the resolution.

“The resolution has been drafted and adopted without considering the facts on the ground in Iran, and based on a selective, biased, and discriminatory approach and with political intentions,” he said, saying that Tehran rejects the resolution.

“Iran strongly condemns the instrumental use of human rights, human rights resolutions, and international mechanisms by certain Western countries, the occupying and infanticidal Zionist regime [of Israel], and some reactionary regional regimes,” Qassemi said, adding that these countries use human rights as a tool to achieve their extremism and inauspicious goals.

Tehran also condemns these countries’ anarchist policies and their support for separatist terrorists, he went on to say.

Iran believes such a trend would undermine the international community’s trust in international mechanisms and their efficacy, he added.

Qassemi said in contrast with such measures, the country lends credit to the UN Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR), which would assess all countries without discrimination.

“Iran’s constructive and active participation in the UPR process reflects the Islamic Republic’s seriousness in enhancing human rights and acting on its international commitments in the area through constructive cooperation and dialogue-based mechanisms,” he added.

The resolution was approved Thursday in a 85-30, with 68 abstentions. This means the resolution will most probably be approved by the 193-member world body when it comes up for voting next month.

Speaking ahead of voting on the Canadian draft resolution, Iran’s deputy ambassador to the UN Es’haq Al-e Habib said the countries sponsoring the measure have done everything in their power to “suppress or derail” Iranian people’s “century-long struggle… for the causes of human rights and democracy.”

“Orchestrating a military coup in 1953 against a democratically-elected government, unconditionally supporting a despotic ruler for the following two and half decades, supporting a war of aggression against Iranians during the 1980s, providing chemical weapons and reconnaissance to [former Iraqi dictator] Saddam to target Iranians, shutting down an Iranian passenger flight murdering all of its 290 passengers, colluding with renowned terrorist cults, and waging a full-fledged economic war against Iranians in defiance of Security Council resolution 2231 and the mandatory ruling of the International Court of Justice are only a few examples to recall,” he said.

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