File photo shows Iranian delegates at a UN human rights gathering.
A high-ranking Iranian human rights delegation has submitted a six-point statement to the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in rejection of a recent report by the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Iran Ahmad Shaheed.
The statement, circulated to the representatives of all UNHRC member states, said Shaheed’s report marked a U-turn from the objectives behind the establishment of the UNHRC to fight politically-motivated reports about human rights records.
It said Shaheed, recommend and backed by the United States and the European governments, has embarked on an anti-Iranian smear campaign on television networks since his appointment as the UN Special Rapporteur on Iran’s human rights situation in June 2011.
The statement added that Shaheed has assembled a report from myriads allegations banded about in the websites about any issue.
It stated that the UN investigator has systematically supported terrorist groups like the Mujahideen Khalq Organization (MKO) and Party of Free Life of Kurdistan or PJAK whose operatives have been indicted in Iranian courts for carrying out terrorist operations, possession of firearms, armed robbery and murder.
The statement noted that the rapporteur should not have assumed manifestations of moral decadence like homosexuality and adultery as standards for reporting on human rights in Iran which adheres to Islamic culture.
It also dismissed Shaheed’s allegations of arbitrary vetting process and fraudulent election in Iran.
“The rapporteur has completely ignored the huge progresses, specifically their democratic identity, made by the Islamic Republic.... For him, if two or three people facing charges of violating the law and triggering riots are barred from election, the election would be rigged,” Iran's statement said.
The statement also warned that the reinstatement of Shaheed would harm the credibility of the UN and its Human Rights Council.
In his latest report, Shaheed charged Iran with cases of execution, arrest of journalists, confessions under duress, and denying religious, ethnic and sexual minorities their basic rights.