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'Iran probes UN rights reporter entry'
Iranian Deputy Judiciary Chief Seyyed Ebrahim Raeisi
Mon Jun 20, 2011 9:43AM
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A top Iranian judiciary official says the UN human rights special rapporteur has been appointed by the West, stressing that Iran is considering the possibility of his travel to the country.


In a move spearheaded by the United States, the UN Human Rights Council on Friday named former Maldivian Foreign Minister Ahmed Shaheed as its human rights investigator on Iran.

“If they (Western countries) investigate the issue of human rights in Iran in a fair and non-political way, they will understand that at the current juncture, the Islamic Republic is the only country that attaches the greatest significance to human rights principles,” Iranian Deputy Judiciary Chief Seyyed Ebrahim Raeisi told IRNA on Monday.

However, they will certainly make a mistake about Iran's human right issue if they pursue unfair approaches and are affected by opponents of the Islamic Republic who have secret links with political movements of the US and the arrogant system, he warned.

The senior Iranian judiciary official dismissed reports by foreign media against Iran and said such moves are pursuing political objectives.

Raeisi's remarks came a day after the Human Rights Committee of the Iranian Parliament (Majlis) decided to bar the UN human rights special rapporteur from entering the country.

“The United States, Israel and the UK are the biggest violators of human rights in the world and the United Nations Human Rights Committee should send their reporters to those countries instead of Iran,” said a member of the Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Mohammad Karim Abedi on Sunday.

Earlier this month, Iran's Foreign Ministry underlined the need for the international monitoring of human rights violations in Western countries and added that the ministry would actively pursue the case.

Iran slams the West for using human rights issue as a political means to pile up pressure on the Islamic Republic.

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