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Iranian MP Blasts UN Rights Resolution

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TEHRAN, March 27 (ICANA) – An Iranian lawmaker has denounced the recent UN resolution against human rights situation in Iran, saying the so-called defenders of human rights are “in the front line” of anti-democracy moves.
Sunday, March 27, 2011 6:53:47 PM
Iranian MP Blasts UN Rights Resolution

The UN Human Rights Council on Thursday narrowly approved a US and Swedish-backed proposal for appointing a special rapporteur to investigate allegations of human rights violations in Iran.

The Islamic Republic denounced the move as politically motivated which meant to divert attention from human rights abuses committed by the United States.

“In the 21st century, the modern barbarism has made a gesture of defending human rights, but is committing the most heinous acts of human rights violation,” Fatemeh Alia, a member of the National Security and Foreign Policy Commission of the Iranian Parliament (Majlis), said on Sunday.

She added that the world public opinion was well aware of the fact that such resolutions against Iran was part of a “project” by the global arrogance which is fearful of Islam's justice, peace and freedom.

The Iranian lawmaker urged American officials to observe human rights in their own country instead of creating “Islamophobia.”

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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