West turned Human rights bodies into instrument: Ayatollah Amoli Larijani

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SHAFAQNA – Iran’s Judiciary Chief Ayatollah Sadeq Amoli Larijani blasted the western countries for making instrumental use of human rights issues.

“Human rights bodies have turned into an instrument to put independent countries under pressure,” Ayatollah Amoil Larijani said.

The Iranian judiciary chief slammed the human rights bodies for keeping silent in the wake of crimes committed by Israel and the massacre of the Yemeni people by Saudi Arabia.

“It is as if the international organizations have stood by the oppressors instead of the oppressed,” Ayatollah Amoli Larijani said.

In a relevant development on Saturday, the Iranian foreign ministry blasted the UN Human Rights Council’s move to extend the mission of Asma Jahangir, the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights, in Iran.

Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi described the move as an instrumental and political use of the human rights issue by certain Western countries against other countries of the world.

The UN Human Rights Council on Friday approved a resolution to extend Jahangir’s mission.

Drafted by Sweden, the US, Macedonia and Moldavia, the resolution was approved by 22 votes in favor, 12 against and 13 abstention.

Iran opposed the resolution describing it as “politically-motivated and biased”.

Despite lack of support from most of its members and relying on the votes of a particular political bloc and a number of its agents in the region, the UN Human Rights Council has extended the mission of the special human rights rapporteur in Iran for the seventh consecutive year, Qassemi said.

Tehran condemns “pursuing such non-constructive, hostile and abortive approach through exerting pressure on other countries to win their support for approving an anti-Iran resolution”, he said.

Qassemi voiced regret that such “biased and unrealistic manner” would only lead to increasing discrediting the UN human rights system and those of certain countries who aim to damage the image of independent states such as Iran instead of improving the situation of the human rights.

He also lashed out at other regional states which supported the anti-Iran resolution in order to cover cases of human rights violation in their own countries as well as their war crimes and crimes against humanity.

The Iranian spokesperson emphasized that the Islamic Republic strongly believes that such an approach would have no result other than sacrificing human rights and increasing the world public opinion’s mistrust in international human rights mechanisms.

The resolution, which has not been endorsed by the Islamic Republic of Iran and most countries in the Human Rights Council, lacks necessary credibility and professional support, Qassemi said, adding that Tehran would not recognize the special rapporteur who has been missioned based on a politically-motivated and selective resolution of certain countries.

The Islamic Republic of Iran has always been voicing its willingness and determination for pursuing the approach of dialog as well as constructive and purposeful cooperation with the UN and other countries as the best way to promote human rights situation based on internationally eligible mechanisms, he stressed.

Qassemi said Iran also believes that the closest way to review the human rights situation in all countries on a fair basis is through the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of the UN Human Rights Council which is based on the principles of universality, non-discrimination, equality, non-selective attitude and non-politically-motivated acts, adding that Tehran’s objective is to boost such mechanisms.

In relevant remarks earlier in March, Tehran had blasted the UN Human Rights Council’s politically-motivated and selective approach, and asked the world body to put an end to the mission of the special human rights rapporteur in Iran.

“Given the noticeable human rights progress made in the Islamic Republic of Iran and its extensive and constructive interactions with the international human rights mechanisms, it is now time to end the special rapporteur’s mission in an appropriate way,” Qaribabadi said, addressing the annual meeting of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva.

He also warned that the UN Human Rights Council’s selective and politically-tainted approach towards certain countries will make cooperation between the two sides difficult.

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