Iran opposed UN investigator visit for his biased reports: Larijani

Tehran, Oct 17, IRNA – Secretary of Iran’s High Council for Human Rights said Tehran opposed any visit by the UN human rights rapporteur, Ahmed Shaheed, due to his invalid reports against the Islamic Republic.
Mohammad Javad Larijani made the remarks in an interview with an Iranian TV channel on Thursday night.

Ahmed Shaheed has become a puppet in hands of Iran’s enemies to spread anti-Iranian accusations, he added.

However, Larijani noted, Iran welcomes visit of any independent rapporteurs.

Those who claim abuse of human rights in Iran are themselves great violators of human rights in the world, he underscored.

The official added that Shaheed’s reports about the human rights situation in the Islamic Republic are based on anti-Iran websites and thus invalid.

Larijani termed Shaheed’s March report as professionally “flawed.”

He said the UN Special Rapporteur on human rights in Iran makes references only to allegations.

Shaheed cites people who speak on the condition of anonymity, the Iranian official said, while only those kind of claims which carry signs of probity and validity could be investigated.

Larijani further believed that Shaheed merely pieces together allegations against Iran, while anyone can easily compile similar reports by searching the anti-Iran websites.

His work is undocumented and absolutely invalid from a professional standpoint, he noted.

“…This is why we have expressed strong opposition to his trip to Iran, his appointment to the post and his method, and we have almost clarified the issue to the world,” the official said.

Elsewhere in his remarks, he criticized Saudi Arabia for issuing death sentence for the Shiite Cleric “Sheikh Namar.

Larijani also warned Muslims about enemies’ provocative measures.

He also went on voice support for the work of Iran’s nuclear negotiating team because “they are trying to protect Iran’s peaceful nuclear program”.

In his latest report in March, Shaheed charged Iran with cases of execution, arrest of journalists, confessions under duress, and denying religious, ethnic and sexual minorities their basic rights.

Iran slammed the report as politically motivated and totally unacceptable.

Tehran insists that the appointment of a UN Special Rapporteur on Iran’s human rights is a selective, politically-motivated and unacceptable move.

On June 17, 2011, the UN Human Rights Council, under pressure from the United States and its allies, named former Maldivian Foreign Minister Ahmed Shaheed as its human rights investigator on Iran.



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