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MP: Majlis HRC to Report London's Human Rights Violations to UN

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TEHRAN, August 9 (ICANA) – A senior Iranian lawmaker says the Iranian parliament will report UK's anti-human actions to the United Nations Organization.
Tuesday, August 09, 2011 9:50:04 PM
MP: Majlis HRC to Report London's Human Rights Violations to UN

Referring to arrest and beating of dozens of protesters by the UK police, Zohreh Elahian, chairman of the Human Rights Committee of the Majlis said: "Today things are happening in this European country that are in violation of many articles of the UN Human Rights Charter and the scope of these violations is getting wider every day."

Speaking to ICANA Tuesday, Elahian said mass detention and beating of UK protesters is just part of human rights violations in a country whose leaders claim to be working for the cause of human rights.

Elahian added: "The British government gives people empty promises and violates the rights of its citizens on various occasions. For this reason, the Majlis Human Rights Committee in line with its human duty will inform the UN Secretary General, the UN Human Rights Council and the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights in the first opportune time."

In related news, Elahian sent a letter to United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, announcing the Majlis Human Rights Committee’s readiness to help the UN revise human rights documents.

"Although a number of human rights agreements have been concluded and some relevant mechanisms have been developed, the double-standard approaches that a number of UN-affiliated organizations have adopted toward the violators of human rights… has led to the situation where the people in a number of countries, including Yemen, Bahrain, Libya, and Tunisia, disappointed with the support of the UN, are witnessing the abuse of their rights by their oppressive rulers," said the letter in part.

It added: However, certain Western countries, who are the self-proclaimed standard-bearers of human rights and claim to be committed to defending human rights without adopting double-standard approaches, have reneged on their international commitments and have remained silent about the blatant breach of the rights and freedom of the people in Yemen, Libya, Tunisia and a number of other countries and have thrown their weight behind inhumane actions which violate human rights."

In conclusion, she said the Majlis Human Rights Committee was interested in increasing its cooperation (with the UN) in encouraging (countries) to respect human rights and fundamental freedom of the people and revising human rights documents.

Another MP said Tuesday that Iran's parliament is ready to send a group of human rights rapporteurs to the UK to investigate human rights violations in the country.

Hossein Ebrahimi referred to the large arrests of British protesters angry over the killing of a black man by the police and said, Iran's Majlis urges the British government and the UK embassy in Tehran to facilitate the visit without making false excuses.

Ebrahimi said that the group of rapporteurs intend to interview political detainees and to give a report to international bodies on the treatment received by the protesters.

The unrest in the UK erupted on Saturday when a few hundred people gathered outside a police station in Tottenham to protest against the fatal shooting of Mark Duggan on Thursday.

The protesters also set a bus and buildings on fire on High Road and broke many shop windows.

Turmoil is now threatening to sweep across all of Britain as the mayhem and looting has also spread to the central city of Birmingham, the western city of Bristol, the northwestern city of Liverpool, and south London neighborhood of Brixton.

Police said they have arrested more than 200 people since the unrest began.

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