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Lawmakers Slam Anti-Iran UN Resolution

Service : Politic
TEHRAN, March 27 (ICANA) – A number of Iranian lawmakers have criticized the United Nations Human Rights Council for adopting an anti-Iran resolution.
Sunday, March 27, 2011 6:49:29 PM
Lawmakers Slam Anti-Iran UN Resolution

“By issuing this resolution, those who claim [to be the advocates of] human rights want to deflect world public opinion from the crimes committed in Libya, Bahrain and other Islamic countries,” said Hassan Norouzi on Saturday.

Another parliamentarian Yousef Nadjafi dismissed the resolution as politically motivated.

“This resolution is completely political, and the US as well as [other] Western countries are behind it, seeking to inflict harm on the democratic establishment of the Islamic Republic [of Iran],” he said.

The lawmaker underlined that the adoption of politically-tainted resolutions with no legal foundation would undermine regional and international institutions.

Sa'dollah Nassiri Qeidari, another lawmaker, decried the anti-Iran UN resolution, dismissing it as a “sinister” Western plot.

He said hegemonic powers use the UN as a tool to achieve their unholy objectives.

“Given the situation in the region and the awakening of the people of Islamic countries, hegemonic powers such as the US, Britain and France are trying to use such political and biased resolutions to tarnish the image of the Islamic Republic of Iran and deflect public opinion from the Islamic Revolution,” he further added.

Meanwhile, a senior member of parliament said Sunday the Human Rights Committee of the Majlis has discussed the recent resolution adopted by the UN Human Rights Council on Iran on Saturday.

Ismael Kowsari told ICANA that details of the closed door discussions would be disclosed soon.

However, the MP said, it was decided that chairman of the National Security and Foreign Policy Commission of the Majlis, Alaeddin Boroujerdi would issue a statement regarding the issue as well as the current developments occurring in the Middle East and North Africa, as soon as possible.

The statement would reiterate Iran’s support for the rights of the revolutionary people of Tunisia, Bahrain, Yemen and Libya in the first place. He said the second axis of the statement will be the parliament’s response to the recent US-sponsored anti-Iran resolution at the UN Human Rights Council.

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.

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

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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