Human rights official: Iran not to allow activity of biased rapporteurs

TEHRAN (FNA)- Secretary of Iran’s Human Rights Council Mohammad Javad Larijani blasted the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights, Ahmed Shaheed, for giving out biased reports against Tehran, saying that the country will not allow rapporteurs to misuse the reporting mechanism.

“We don’t have any problem with the mechanism of reporting and agree with professional reporting based on the frameworks, but if anyone wants to misuse this mechanism, we will not allow him/her to visit (Iran),” Larijani said in the Northern city of Amol on Monday.

He lamented that Shaheed instead of keeping impartiality on Iran’s human rights situation has taken hostile positions against the country since the very first day he has been appointed to the post.

“That person can no more remain the rapporteur (on Iran) since he is a media actor who has taken positions against the Islamic Republic,” Larijani said.

Larijani has repeatedly lashed out at Shaheed for giving out a biased report against Tehran.

“Such a biased approach is in direct contradiction to the foundational principles of human rights,” he said, addressing the 20th session of the Working Group of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) in Geneva, Switzerland, in October.

Larijani, however, said that Iran had made significant achievements with regard to human rights situation in recent years.

He described the UN resolutions against Iran and the appointment of a special UN rapporteur on the human rights situation in Iran as some of the challenges that the country was facing.

“Iran’s extensive efforts to improve the country’s human rights situation have faced serious challenges, including politically-motivated and meddling policies,” Larijani added.

By Fars News Agency


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