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MPs to Discuss UN Human Rights Resolution against Iran

Service : Politic
TEHRAN, March 25 (ICANA) – A senior MP said Friday that the Human Rights Committee of the Iranian parliament (Majlis) will hold an extraordinary session on Saturday to discuss the anti-Iran resolution adopted by the UN Human Rights Council.
Friday, March 25, 2011 7:42:04 PM
MPs to Discuss UN Human Rights Resolution against Iran

Under the US pressure, the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) on Thursday voted for the appointment of a special human rights rapporteur for the Islamic Republic. The motion was approved with 22 votes in favor, seven against, including China, Russia and Cuba, and 14 abstentions.

Member of the National Security and Foreign Policy Commission of the Majlis, Seyed Hossein Naqavi Hosseini told ICANA that the Human Rights Committee will meet Saturday to discuss and analyze the various dimensions of the resolution.

He added that the resolution this year, just like previous years, was politically motivated, adding that parliament will adopt an appropriate stance in response to this political move by the UN council.

"The opinions of the UN Human Rights Council about the Islamic Republic of Iran have never been realistic, noted the lawmaker.

Meanwhile, Iran's Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast denounced the US-sponsored resolution against Iran as “unfair."

He stated that the passage of the resolution by the Geneva-based monitoring council, was highly politicized, adding that the "illegitimate" resolution was adopted under the US pressure.

"The aim of the resolution was to put pressure on the Islamic Republic and to further side track the current process of the UN Human Rights Council' periodic review of the human rights situation across the world,” Mehmanparast noted.

He also turned the spotlight on a previous case brought by the UNHRC against the United Sates, which cast a harsh shadow over the dire human rights situation in the country.

"The US policies both in deeds and words have always been paradoxical and predicated upon double standards, and the recent resolution clearly exemplifies such behavior," the Iranian foreign ministry spokesman added.

Earlier this Month, the council, in a report, reviewed the United States' human rights record for the first time in its history. The council then issued a document making 228 suggestions to the US to improve its rights record.

In recent years, many human rights organizations have condemned the US over wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and its treatment of prisoners in the notorious Guantanamo Bay prison and the Abu Ghraib jail near Baghdad.

Police brutality towards African Americans, Latinos and undocumented migrants were also a cause for scrutiny and concern in the report.

In addition, Arabs, Muslims and South Asians were said to be the targets of racial profiling. The US government has reportedly been monitoring private communications of individuals within and outside of the country without judicial oversight, infringing upon people's rights to privacy.

The decision by the UN body marks the first time since the Geneva-based council's creation in 2006 that a new position for a country-specific investigator was created for a UN member, rather than merely extending the mandate of a previously existing one.

An outside expert is to be appointed to the new position when the council next meets in June.

The White House welcomed the move, with President Barack Obama's national security adviser, Tom Donilon saying it is "a historic milestone that reaffirms the global consensus and alarm about the dismal state of human rights in Iran."

Britain's Foreign Secretary William Hague said there has been "an unacceptable deterioration" in human rights in Iran and the new U.N. investigator could "provide encouragement to the many Iranians who bravely continue to speak up for their rights and the rights of others."

Iran's U.N. Ambassador Seyed Mohammad Reza Sajjadi, however, told the council the United States has committed human rights abuses against Palestinians by supporting Israel, against Afghan civilians and against secretly held detainees who also have been tortured.

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