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UN rights reports on Iran technically flawed: Official

Politics - The secretary of Iran’s High Council for Human Rights says the reports by the UN on the human rights situation in the Islamic Republic suffer from technical flaws.

In a Tuesday news conference, Mohammad Javad Larijani criticized the Western powers for interfering in Iran’s domestic affairs and said the accusations leveled against the Islamic Republic over its human rights situation in the form of “reports contain professional flaws.”

In his latest report on March 17, the UN special rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Iran, Ahmed Shaheed, accused the Islamic Republic of various cases of human rights violations, claiming that “deep reforms are needed to respond to human rights concerns” in the country.
 

Larijani described the series of UN reports on Iran’s human rights situation as a “propaganda cycle,” saying the Islamic Republic is “standing firm” in the face of such allegations.

“We have responded in detail to all the allegations leveled against the Islamic Republic of Iran,” added the Iranian official.

Larijani further said that Iran regards the appointment of a UN special rapporteur on the country’s human rights situation as “unjustified,” adding that Shaheed has turned into a “media actor” who helps the Western powers accomplish their plots against the Islamic Republic.

On June 17, 2011, the UN Human Rights Council, under pressure from the United States and its allies, named Shaheed, a former Maldivian foreign minister, as its human rights rapporteur on Iran.

Tehran says the appointment of a UN special rapporteur on Iran’s human rights is a selective, politically-motivated and unacceptable move.
 

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