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Elahian reacts to London's offer to discuss UK unrests with Tehran

Dialogue Offer Aims to Cover up British Police Violence

Service : Politic
TEHRAN, August 13 (ICANA) – A senior Iranian MP says an offer by a top British diplomat to discuss human rights issues with Tehran can be considered by Iran. But she said any talks in this respect would be fruitless as the tone of the British Charge d'Affaires indicated the British government's support for its brutal crackdown on protesters.
Saturday, August 13, 2011 10:26:27 PM
Dialogue Offer Aims to Cover up British Police Violence

Chairman of the Human Rights Commission of the Majlis Zohreh Elahian told ICANA Saturday that Britain thinks it has the best police force in the world who deals with protesters according to global standards. "It is not clear that based on what human rights standards the behavior of the British police is rated good," the lawmaker wondered.

Britain told Iran on Thursday it was happy to discuss its handling of street unrest after President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad accused its police of “savage” aggression against demonstrators.

Britain helped lead Western condemnation of Iran’s crackdown on protests against Ahmadinejad’s re-election in June 2009. He was quick on Wednesday to criticize the British police’s “crushing attack” on unarmed citizens.

In a letter to Iran’s Foreign Ministry Spokesman ramin Mehmanparast, Britain’s top diplomat in Tehran said she hoped such openness would encourage Tehran to allow a UN-appointed investigator looking into alleged human rights violations in Iran to enter the country.

“I would remind you that the UK has a standing invitation to all UN special rapporteurs and has facilitated the visits of a number of these rapporteurs to the UK in recent years,” British Charge d’Affaires Jane Marriott wrote, noting that Ahmadinejad had called for the United Nations to condemn Britain’s action.

“I urge the Iranian government to extend a similar courtesy to the dedicated UN special rapporteur for the Islamic Republic of Iran, Ahmed Shaheed, to enable him to address the international community’s grave concerns about ongoing human rights violations within Iran.”

On Friday, Iran's Foreign Ministry summoned British charge d'affaires over the continued use of violence by police against protesters and called on the British government to “heed the demands and true requests” of protesters.

Marriott said she was ready to meet with Elahian and Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast to discuss the issue.

But Elahian said the content of the letter showed that the British government has no intention of correcting its behavior, adding: "The offer of talks and interaction on human rights is just a cover for the violent treatment of protesting people."

She reiterated that Iran was always ready for dialogue on human rights issues but interaction with countries which seek to use human rights as a tool would be useless.

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