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Iran Raps UN for Extending Human Rights Rapporteur's Mandate

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24 Mar 2019, 22:13 GMT+10

Iran has condemned as unjust and unwarranted a UN Human Rights Council resolution to renew the mandate of the UN special rapporteur on the human rights situation in the Islamic Republic, saying it was a politically-motivated move by a few countries abusing UN mechanisms.

"The appointment of a special rapporteur on Iran is an unjust and unwarranted scheme initiated by certain states in pursuit of their politically-biased attitude against our nation," Esmaeil Baghaei Hamaneh, the permanent representative of Iran to the United Nations Office in Geneva, said on Friday.

"It is no accident that those who have a long record of violating human rights and humanitarian law, including by wreaking havoc across our region by flooding it with weapons and by actively supporting terrorism and violent extremism, are among the main backers of this scheme," he added.

During its 40th regular session of the United Nations Human Rights Council on Friday, the body's members decided to extend the mandate of the special rapporteur for a further period of one year in a Sweden-drafted resolution on the situation of human rights in Iran, adopted by a vote of 22 in favor, seven against and 18 abstentions.

In a speech to the meeting, the Swedish representative Veronika Bard claimed that extending the mandate was aimed at improving the human rights situation in Iran amid concerns in this regard.

On July 6, 2018, Javaid Rehman was appointed as the third special rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran since re-establishment of the mandate.

The Iranian diplomat further warned of the adverse consequences of the draft resolution L.15 and its ensuing mandate, saying they "could only contribute to bizarre clichs against Iran."

"Rest assured such insincere moves could barely contribute to the promotion and protection of human rights," Baghaei Hamaneh added.

He said it is disappointing that Sweden and a few other countries fixate on their "unconstructive and counterproductive" approach against Iran.

The Iranian diplomat emphasized that human rights cries of the draft resolution's sponsors lack credit, good faith and moral ground as they remain indifferent to "systematic atrocities perpetrated by their allies in our region on a daily basis."

They keep silent about "inhumane and unlawful" sanctions imposed by the United States, which is a violator of human rights on a large scale, he said.

"[The issue of] human rights is a common cause. The abuse of the human rights mechanisms against Iran compromises the sense of solidarity as an integral part of this lofty cause," Baghaei Hamaneh said.

However, he emphasized that Iranian officials would not be distracted from serving the nation through such "adversarial maneuvers."

He said Iran has a resolve to maintain its "constant progress in protection and promotion of human rights" and would also continue its engagement with the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and other competent UN human rights mechanisms as well as with responsible states that value interaction and dialog.

He urges Sweden to "discontinue its harmful and extremely counterproductive pathway" and calls upon the Human Rights Council members to say No to this draft resolution.

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