Iran says latest UN human rights report made to affect upcoming presidential elections

Iran says latest UN human rights report made to affect upcoming presidential elections

Azerbaijan, Baku, March 8 /Trend S.Isayev, T. Jafarov/

The latest human rights report on Iran by special the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Iran Ahmed Shaheed was made to affect the upcoming presidential elections in the country, Secretary of Iran's Human Rights Council Mohammad Javad Larijani said, IRIB News reported.

Speaking in an interview with Iranian television channel, Larijani noted that Shaheed's latest report was ordered and arranged in accordance with the U.S. foreign policy.

"The report was widely pushed in Western and Israeli media, and the only purpose this report serves is to influence the presidential elections," Larijani said.

Iranians will choose their seventh president to succeed Ahmadinejad in the next year's election, which is scheduled for June 14, 2013.

The voters will select the successor of current president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who is not able to participate in the elections for the third straight time due to country's constitutional laws.

Larijani cited the introductory text of Ahmad Shaheed's report, saying that it doesn't even tries to hide its true intention.

"Shaheed calls for elimination of Iran's Guardian Council, claiming that this way everyone could come and participate in the elections. He also says the opposition doesn't participate in the elections because they are imprisoned," Larijani said.

At Iran's 10th presidential election, held on June 12, 2009, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad run against three other candidates. IRNA news agency reported the next morning that Ahmadinejad won the election, thus becoming Iran's president for the second term.

After the elections, opposition leaders Mehdi Karroubi and Mir Hossein Mousavi issued a statement and called their supporters to protest the decision.

The reformists of the opposition during the 2009 presidential elections, said that there was vote fraud during Ahmadinejad's win, who won the elections with the help from IRGC and Basij Civil Forces.

Massive protests against the outcome of the election were met with fierce repressions, during which security forces shot and killed dozens of people and thousands were arrested.

"A special rapporteur comes into a country to make a report on it, when such monitoring mechanisms as Universal Periodic Review don't work," Larijani explained. "We have previously submitted thousands of pages to the Human Rights Council that what Ahmad Shaheed is doing doesn't make sense, as he continuously broke the laws."

Larijani went into details, noting that one of the things a special rapporteur shouldn't do is make statements against the country that he's reporting about.

"That was the condition that the rapporteur doesn't stand against the country he's writing a report on. Ahmad Shaheed went on TV and continued making anti-Iran propaganda statements," Larijani said.

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