Baku, Azerbaijan, Feb. 18
By Khalid Kazimov - Trend:
Secretary of Human Rights Staff of the Judiciary Branch of Iran Mohammad Javad Larijani speaking at a press conference explained Iran 's policy toward UN special rapporteur on Iran, Ahmed Shaheed, Fars news agency reported Feb. 18.
Asked if Iran would issue permission for Shaheed to visit the country, Larijani said the Islamic Republic adopts a mechanism of cooperation in relation to UN rapporteurs. But there are specific frameworks to making reports and there are some faults about Ahmed Shaheed's methods.
"First, appointing a special rapporteur must be well founded. For example, there was nothing unnatural in relation to women in Iran," and secondly, "A special rapporteur should avoid taking stances. Before the ink on his certificate was dry, Shaheed took positions. We consider his personal stances as his right. But when he becomes a rapporteur, he must hide personal stances and create reports," he added.
Next Larijani said that Shaheed has to adopt UN methodologies in making reports rather than basing his findings on anti-Iranian websites.
"Our experts have held numerous talks with Ahmed Shaheed and we have explained that we got technical problems with him. There have been seven technical reports in Iran and there will be more. We have no problem with making reports, but with the methodology," the human rights chief said.
On June 17, 2011, the UN Human Rights Council named the former Maldivian Foreign Minister as its human rights investigator on Iran.
Tehran insists that the appointment of a UN special rapporteur on Iran 's human rights is a selective, politically motivated, and unacceptable move.
Larijani said in August 2013 that Shaheed behaves like an actor, not a reporter, as can be seen in his interviews and "shows".
Shaheed on the other hand insists he bases his reports on conversations with dozens of people both inside and outside Iran.
Edited by CN