Baku, Azerbaijan, Mar. 14
By Fatih Karimov – Trend:
Iran has requested the United Nations to end the mission of its special human rights rapporteur in the Islamic Republic.
“Given the noticeable human rights progress made in the Islamic Republic 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,” said Kazem Gharibabadi, Iran’s Human Rights Council director for international affairs, Fars news agency reported March 14.
Gharibabadi made the remarks addressing the annual meeting of the UN Human Rights Council, underway in Geneva.
He further said that appointing a special human rights rapporteur for Iran is a “politically-motivated and selective approach” towards the Islamic Republic.
However, Gharibabadi added that the Islamic Republic’s officials have held four meetings with the special rapporteur so far.
Asma Jahangir, the UN special rapporteur for human rights in Iran, presented her 40-page report on details of human rights violations in Iran during the ongoing session.
In the report, Jahangir expressed concern about no improvement in the human rights situation in Iran.
The Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qasemi has condemned the report, calling it “unfair and politicized.”
On March 9, Qasemi said the Islamic Republic had repeatedly stated that it doesn’t recognize a report which is prepared by a special rapporteur appointed on the basis of a resolution adopted on “political motivations of certain countries.”