Deputy Judiciary Chief: Iran Welcomes Human Rights Talks with Other States

Deputy Chief of the Iranian Judiciary and head of the country's Human Rights Headquarters Kazzem Qaribabadi said that Tehran welcomes human rights talks with other states, but meantime, blasted the recent politically-tainted resolution against Iran.

Qaribabadi made the remarks in a meeting with Austrian Ambassador in Tehran Wolf Dietrich Heim.

He said that judicial diplomacy is a [good] way to mutual understanding to tackle problems which cannot be solved through political ways.

He further criticized certain countries for looking at the issue of human rights politically.

The Islamic Republic of Iran welcomes the human rights dialogue with other states, Qaribabadi underlined.

Meanwhile, certain countries use the issue of human rights as a tool against others in order to achieve their political goals, he added.

The deputy judiciary chief further referred to human rights resolution against Iran as a blatant example of political will behind the issue of human rights.  

He lambasted the West for supporting a draft resolution declared by Canada on the situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran, and said that Canada is one of the main violators of the human rights as it breaches the rights of indigenous people, commits crime against children, and deprives Iranian nationals residing in Canada of consular services.

Human rights is the sole victim of double-standard and political approaches towards the issue of human rights, he stressed.

Heim, for his part, said that his country welcomes talks on human rights and exchange of experiences and judicial viewpoints in line with reaching mutual understanding.

In relevant remarks earlier this month, Deputy Permanent Representative of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the United Nations Zahra Ershadi condemned the politically-tainted human rights resolution drafted by Canada against Iran, saying that the world will not forget violation of the indigenous Canadian people's rights.

Ershadi made the remarks, addressing the Third Committee of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) in New York on November 17.

"The biased and non-constructive draft resolution, on which the third committee is about to take action, is an insincere and indefensible political move. Replete with factual errors, the draft resolution marks selective and politicized distortion of the realities on the ground and unmasks the deliberate hostile policy of incitement to Iranophobia. Like any other country-specific resolutions under this agenda item, Iran has clearly rejected this draft resolution since it was first introduced," she said.

"An examination of the list of the draft resolution’s main sponsors – namely Canada, the United States, the child-killer Israeli regime and certain Western countries – exposes the fact that the main proponents of racism, occupation, and those behind the abhorrent murder of indigenous peoples have come together to lecture others on human rights."

"The West may choose silence over Canada’s horrendous crimes, but history will never forget that in the so-called land of the free, thousands of indigenous children were sexually abused, killed and dumped in mass graves," Ershadi added.

"The United States has also earned its place in the history books, as systematic attacks on people of African descent, Muslims and Asian Americans continue with no end in sight. The US police have even taken a step forward and strangle African Americans in broad daylight."

Asking how can the draft resolution be taken seriously when the child-killer Israeli regime continues to commit all core international crimes," the Iranian envoy said, "The international community must hold the Israeli regime accountable for shedding the blood of countless Palestinian people."

"In an attempt to whitewash its vicious campaign of genocide, Canada has colluded with the Special Rapporteur on the [so-called] Situation of Human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran and invited him to a session in order to support its baseless allegations and lobby against my Country. It reminds us of a famous Iranian proverb about fox’s trickery, which says: They asked the fox who is your witness? He said, my tail. The proverb applies to one who brings his own dependents as evidence to testify in his favor. FACT, a culprit cannot call a complicit as a witness to the court."

"The majority of Member States have repeatedly rejected the manipulation of human rights for political objectives, and have insisted on the imperative of the promotion and protection of human rights in all countries through constructive dialogue, engagement and cooperation. Unfortunately, in many cases these principles are not upheld, and these important mechanisms have mostly failed to fulfill their duties," Ershadi said.

She noted that Iran has repeatedly called for engaging in a respectful and equitable dialogue so as to grasp inescapable facts on the ground, adding, "Our endeavors have unfortunately fallen on deaf ears because the cosponsors seem to be rather more interested in scoring political points by instrumentalization of human rights. In addition, the Iranian Government has made all efforts and taken necessary measures to further promote and protect human rights. My Government is also fulfilling its obligations within the framework of the UN human rights mechanisms, including the Universal Periodic Review." "Iran has always shown its determination and willingness to contribute to promotion and protection of human rights, and remain committed to cooperating with Member States as well as UN human rights mechanisms. We will continue to do so despite all the malevolence."

"In light of the foregoing, it is needless to reiterate the fact that the draft resolution on Iran has nothing to do with human rights. I would like to therefore ask for a recorded vote on draft resolution L.28, in the sincere hope that representatives here today will choose the right path by saying no to it. It is time to express our strong objection to the soi-disant human rights champions who are hell-bent on fettering other sovereign States through tampering, subterfuge, fraud and misinformation," she concluded.

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