Iran warns about UN Human Rights Council political approach
Permanent Representative of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the United Nations, in a statement released here on Friday warned about discrediting UN Human Rights Council by alleged politically motivated reports on Iran, IRNA reported.
The statement is Tehran's response to the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Iran Ahmed Shaheed's alleged report on violation of human rights by IR of Iran, handed out among the UN General Assembly delegations this week.
'The UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Iran Ahmed Shaheed's alleged report on human rights situation in IR of Iran is unrealistic and politically motivated and will discredit this council.'
The statement added that some hostile European countries, as well as the US, were behind the appointment of the special rapporteur on human rights in Iran.
'Although the Islamic Republic has answered Mr. Shaheed's claims in a 75-page report, but the special rapporteur did not include Tehran's answers in its latest reports; Shaheed Report allegedly claims that Yahoo and Gmail services in Iran are restricted but this is completely wrong; since Iran is under large amount of cyber attacks, it is forced to make some limitations over Internet and in the cyber world and this is for security reasons and defending the country against the terrorist's cyber attacks.'
'Establishment of a cyber council for securing the domestic Internet relates to the security and sovereignty of states rather than an issue dealing with promotion and protection of human rights,' the Iranian statement said.
'As a country frequently targeted by highly sophisticated vicious cyber attacks, often orchestrated by certain States, Iran has every right and reason to strengthen its cyber space security,' the Iranian response said.
'Contrary to the report (and its) assessments based on overly misleading information, this has nothing to do with the freedom of expression at all.'
Permanent Representative of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the United Nations has called Ahmad Shaheed's alleged report on discrimination between different racial groups in Iran as 'provocative', noting that all Iranian sectarian groups have been living 'side by side with each other, historically in peace.'
'Iran has always declared his preparedness to have constructive cooperation with the UN Human Rights Council and has done its best to help this council on human rights issues but Mr. Saheed's report has not included them.'
On 2011, June 17, the UN Council on Human Rights appointed former Maldivian Foreign Minister Ahmed Shaheed to the position of UN special rapporteur on human rights to Iran.