Spokeswoman condemns Canada-sponsored UN Human Rights resolution on Iran

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marziyeh Afkham deplored the Canada-sponsored UN human rights resolution against Iran, criticizing certain states’ instrumental use of human rights against independent nations.

“Unfortunately, the resolution on the human rights situation in Iran in the 69th meeting of the UN General Assembly which was sponsored by Canada has been prepared and approved without considering the existing realities and in pursuit of certain political intentions similar to the same trend used in the last few years,” Afkham said in a statement on Wednesday.

She lambasted the instrumental use of human rights against independent states, and said, “It is unfortunate to see that the UN human rights mechanisms and tools are misused by the western states, and that this trend continues.”

“Hence, the Islamic Republic of Iran rejects the formation, approval and contents of such resolutions in essence,” she added.

Meantime, Afkham referred to the decreased number of countries which voted for the resolution, and said this shows that they have opposed Canada’s politically-tainted and selective resolution, and have realized the human rights progress made in Iran during the last year.

Earlier today, caretaker of the Iranian Mission at the United Nations Gholam Hossein Dehqani also lashed out at Canada for proposing a hostile draft human rights resolution against Iran, and reminded the Canadian government’s poor human rights record.

“Canada pursues its hostile measures within the framework of presenting human rights resolutions against the Islamic Republic of Iran and tries to show itself as a defender of the rights of those whose rights have been trampled in Iran, as claimed by the Canadian statesmen,” Dehqani said in reaction to Canada’s proposed human rights resolution against Iran on Wednesday.

“All documents and evidence show that Canada is not concerned about the human rights situation and is not honest in its claims about defending the people’s rights, and the Canadian government’s reaction to the recent tragedy in Gaza is a proof to substantiate this fact,” he added.

Dehqani regretted that while most of the world leaders condemned the Zionists for their recent crimes against the Gaza people during the 51-day war, the Canadian rulers regrettably claimed that Israel was entitled to the right to stage the attack and even stated that it was their responsibility to do so.

In relevant remarks last Wednesday, Iran’s judiciary Chief Sadeq Amoli Larijani categorically dismissed the contents of a draft resolution sponsored by the Ottawa government and submitted to the UN Human Rights Committee against Tehran, saying that the draft contained repetition of the previous allegations to which Iran has provided well-documented responses.

“The topics of the resolution are a repetition of the same issues that were brought up in previous reports of UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and the UN Special Rapporteur for Human Rights in Iran, Ahmad Shaheed,” Amoli Larijani said.

Iran’s judiciary chief expressed regret to see that the same allegations were repeated despite Iran’s documented responses to the previous reports.

He pointed to the repeated allegations such as execution of underage convicts, and said, “Execution of under 18-year-old children is sheer lie.”

He, meantime, thanked Secretary of Iran’s Human Rights Council Mohammad Javad Larijani for providing well-documented responses to every clause of the same reports at the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) meeting of the UN, and said, “It is clear that the human rights allegations about Iran are the product of huge political work carried out by the western countries’ media empire.”

Canada has had a very bad track record of human rights and when it comes to the treatment of natives, most of the native Canadians suffer poor educational, economic and social conditions, and are among the poorest members of the Canadian society.

On December 21, 2012, the natives started demonstrations in Ottawa and several other cities to call for the protection of their rights. First Nations leaders denounced the policies of the Canadian government vis-à-vis the natives as oppressive.

Reports from Canada said that the natives underlined their intention to continue protests until the full restoration of their rights.

By Fars News Agency


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