Fact-finding mission's report drafted under West pressure

The Secretary of Iran's High Council for Human Rights has rejected findings of a so-called UN fact-finding mission on Iran's conduct during the 2022 protests saying the report has been drafted under the West's pressure.

"The report of this mission is, in fact, a repetition and legitimization of baseless claims that have been raised repeatedly in the anti-Iranian media and from the platforms of some Western governments, and it lacks any documented source," Kazem Gharibabadi said at a meeting of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva on Monday.

He also said that the so-called fact-finding mission was established as a result of lobbying by some Western countries, and its report was drafted under the pressure of those Western countries.

Established in November 2022, two months after violent foreign-backed riots erupted in Iran over the death of a young Iranian woman, Mahsa Amini, the UN fact-fining mission has released its report accusing the Islamic Republic of human rights violations in its handling of the riots.

"The main role in this political campaign was played by the government of Germany, the same country that equipped Saddam's regime with chemical weapons of mass destruction, and as a result of the use of these weapons, more than 13,000 Iranian citizens were martyred and over 100  thousand were injured," he stated.

Gharibabadi was referring to the use of chemical weapons by the former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein during the 1980-1988 imposed war against Iran.  

he said the self-proclaimed advocates of human rights -- including the US, Germany, Britain, France, and Canada-- exploited the death of an Iranian citizen to censure the state of human rights in Iran, while they have gravely violated the rights of millions of Iranians by imposing unilateral and oppressive sanctions against the country.

"On the other hand, these countries have supported terrorists who have taken the lives of more than 17,000 innocent people in Iran, including women and children, and have harbored them in their own lands," Gharibabadi said, referring to the Mujahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO)

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