Iran raps Ahmad Shaheed for double-standard policy on women’s rights

TEHRAN (FNA)- Chairman of the Iranian Parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Alaeddin Boroujerdi blasted the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Iran, Ahmed Shaheed, for his anti-Iran human rights report, and said such reports seek to portray an untrue picture of the country.

In his new report published on March 14, Ahmad Shaheed claimed that “Iran doesn’t sufficiently address discrimination against women”.

Boroujerdi pointed to the driving ban on women in certain countries and Shaheed’s silence in this regard, and said, “Women do not have the right to drive in certain countries, then why does Ahmad Shaheed not say anything in this regard?”

He underlined that such double-standard approach shows that human rights has practically turned into a tool for political misuse by the western countries, specially the US, and Ahmad Shaheed is an executor of such policies.”

He underlined that the situation of Iranian women is stable and satisfactory.

In late January, Iranian Judiciary Chief Ayatollah Sadeq Amoli Larijani dismissed as full of “lies and misinterpretations” Ahmed Shaheed’s report on Iran.

Amoli Larijani blasted the West’s double standards in its approach to the domestic laws of other nations, and said such reports seek to portray an untrue picture of the country.

Washington claims to be a human rights advocate while continuing to back governments that have not held even a single election during their political existence, he said.

Amoli Larijani rapped the special rapporteur’s criticism of Iran for executing drug traffickers, and noted that capital punishment for drug offenders are carried out by many other countries which never come under pressure by those that claim to advocate human rights.

Iranian officials have said before that Ahmed Shaheed only parrots the unfounded allegations raised by anti-revolution elements against Iran since he had been tasked with accusing Iran.

“Since the very first day that Ahmad Shaheed was introduced as the United Nations rapporteur (on Iran) we guessed that he was a an American agent, but his later reports assured us that he has been assigned to this mission by the US,” Boroujerdi told FNA in October.

“Ahmed Shaheed contacts anti-revolution elements instead of Iranian authorities to receive information and to prepare his reports, and acts in harmony with the Americans when compiling reports (on Iran),” he added.

Ahmed Shaheed has merely interviewed with foreign-based opposition groups from Iran, Member of the parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Mohammad Hassan Asafari said late in October.

“Did Ahmed Shaheed visit Iran’s prisons,” he questioned.

Ahmed Shaheed has no experience or record of activities in providing reports and in the past he has acted as Myanmar foreign minister, he said.

By Fars News Agency


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