Iran Daily: Tehran — We Want to Scrap All Human Rights Resolutions Concerning Us

The UN Special Rapporteur on human rights in Iran, Asma Jahangir (Jean-Marc Ferré)

Iran’s regime has called for the elimination of the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and the abandonment of all human rights resolutions concerning the Islamic Republic.

High-ranking judiciary official Kazem Gharibabadi set out the goals, more than two weeks after the UN approved its latest resolution condemning Iran’s human rights record by an 83-30 vote, with 68 abstentions.

He did not explain how Iran will halt the human rights effort.

The UN resolution, sponsored by Canada, expressed serious concern at the “alarmingly high frequency” of the imposition of the death penalty, including against minors and on the basis of forced confessions.:

[We call] upon the Islamic Republic of Iran to launch a comprehensive accountability process in response to all cases of serious human rights violations, including those involving the Iranian judiciary and security agencies, and calls upon the government of the Islamic Republic of Iran to end impunity for such violations.

Iran’s UN delegation responded by attacking Ottawa’s “insult to human rights”: “Canada hires and supports good terrorists to carry out outrageous violations of human rights aimed at destabilizing governments that it shamelessly calls rogue.”

Since the post was created in March 2011, the UN Special Rapporteur — first former Maldives Foreign Minister Ahmed Shaheed, now Pakistani lawyer Asma Jahangir — has issued a series of reports challenging Iran over human rights violations, including its frequent use of the death penalty, detention of political prisoners, lack of due process, and harassment of journalists, lawyers, students, and activists.

Iran has condemned the rapporteurs as politically motivated, refusing them entry into the country. It has accused Jahangir of taking bribes from Saudi Arabia.

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  1. The “special rapporteur” has not herself visited Iran or talked to Iranian officials. She relies almost entirely on exiled Iranian groups, like Hadi Ghaemi’s propagandist IHR outlet, and others for her “information”.

    • And why has the Special Rapporteur not been able to visit Iran?

      And, no, neither Shaheed nor Jahangir rely “almost entirely on exiled Iranian groups” or even the excellent Center for Human Rights in Iran, as they have access to first-hand information and testimony inside the Islamic Republic.

      • Sorry, but who provides this “testimony” from “inside the Islamic Republic” if not sources associated with Ghaemi’s organisation, AI and HRW. Did the special rapporteur ever try and verify any of the claims made? She herself conducts little to no research herself, she just copies and pastes the dubious “information” provided by these organisations. I challenge you to show otherwise.

        • No, the multiple people inside Iran who have provided information to the Special Rapporteurs are “not sources associated with Ghaemi’s organisation, AI, and HRW”. That’s your fantasy.

          Please do read the regular reports of the Special Rapporteurs which have been produced for the information behind the conclusions, instead of the (laugh-inducing) declaration of cutting and pasting.

          • Report of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran:

            Nearly all of the “local” sources Jahangir used to make the report operate outside of Iran:

   Ghaemi’s organisation, based in New York.
   An exiled human rights activist “news agency”, partly based in Turkey.
   Another exiled opposition group, based in Oslo.
   Amnesty International, based in London.
   Human Rights Watch, based in New York.
   Reporters Without Borders, a French media rights outlet based in Paris.
   A Bahai group, based in New York.

            The report occasionally refers to the Majlis research centre, ISNA and Mehr news for information on the law and on capital punishment for drug offenses. A recurring theme in the report is the Islamophobic attack on Shariah and the Islamic penal code adopted in Iran which is referred to as “repressive” and “unjust”.

            The section on the “right to life” makes no mention whatsoever of Iran’s protection of the rights of the unborn foetus that are so flagrantly violated in western countries where abortion is even supported.

            • Beyond noting that the organizations you mention are reputable sources — and that Jahangir more than “occasionally” refers to Iranian media — you chose to ignore the other sources that Jahangir used: “The current report also presents information relayed by apparent victims of rights violations and civil society actors located inside and outside the country as well as information provided by the Iranian government.”

              Oh, you also missed this: “Since her appointment, the Special Rapporteur was contacted by a large number of Iranians both outside and inside the country. She is extremely disturbed by the level of fear of those who tried to communicate with her.”

              I also note that you have not refuted a single point of information in the reports. [Note: Your subsequent reply, which also tries to dismiss the sources inside Iran, also does not have a single substantive point responding to the information in the report.]

            • Razmjoo — I have received your lengthy 5-point complaint about the Special Rapporteur. You’ll need to send this directly to Ms Jahangir.

  2. Archive: Rights groups denounce Iran for hanging two teenage “gay lovers”

    Mahmoud Asgari and Ayaz Marhoni were actually hanged in Mashhad for raping a 13 year old boy at knifepoint, but that still didn’t stop human rights groups from wilfully misrepresenting the case. The self-proclaimed gay rights activist, Peter Tatchell, denounced all those who pointed the truth out as “Western left-wing and Islamist apologists of the Iranian regime.”

    • Your headline is inaccurate and misleading.

      Rights groups like Human Rights Watch criticized Iranian authorities for imposition of the death penalty on juveniles, not for imposition of the death penalty on gay men. Indeed, HRW criticized those activists who, “seemingly based almost entirely on mistranslations and on cursory news reporting”, misrepresented the case, and it said that it was “deeply disturbed by the apparent indifference of many people to the alleged rape of a 13-year-old”.

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