Iranian FM spokeswoman calls UN rapporteur`s report "unfair"

Iranian FM spokeswoman calls UN rapporteur`s report "unfair"

Azerbaijan, Baku, Oct. 24 / Trend, N. Umid

Iranian Foreign Ministry's spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham called recent report by the United Nations special rapporteur, Ahmed Shaheed on Iran's situation of human rights, "unfair and political", IRNA news agency reported.

She went on to note that Iran does not recognize appointment of a special rapporteur on the country's human rights` issue, calling that an insult to Iranian peoples.

Afkham said that the report has been written based on extremist and terrorist groups` information.

"The report has no legal value," she added, underlining that in the region which suffers from extremism, terrorism and violence, Iran is the axis of stability.

The Iranian administration has constructive cooperation with the international community based on religious democracy, moderation and responsibility, Afkham said, adding that the country will not permit Iran's human rights` situation to be judged by biased reports.

On June 17, 2011, the UN Human Rights Council, named former Maldivian foreign minister, Ahmed Shaheed, as special human rights rapporteur on Iran.

In a report issued on October 23, Shaheed said Iran has shown "no sign of improvement" in human rights and "continues to warrant serious concern."

Shaheed has warned of "the systemic and systematic violations" of a wide range of rights in Iran. He also told the U.N. General Assembly committee that deals with such issues he hopes the new Iranian president will implement promised reforms to improve the situation.

He welcomed overtures from the new president, Hassan Rouhani, and his release of more than a dozen political prisoners, but said much more still needs to be done to remedy a long list of violations of civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights.

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