Wednesday Nov 20, 201306:27 PM GMT
Iran rejects UN human rights draft resolution
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Iran's Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham
Iran has dismissed a UN General Assembly committee’s draft resolution about the alleged violation of human rights in the Islamic Republic.


Iran’s Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham said on Wednesday that the Islamic Republic “strongly rejects the definition and content of this resolution.”

The Canadian-drafted resolution was approved by the 193-nation assembly's Third Committee on Tuesday with 83 votes in favor, 36 against and 62 abstentions.

“The Islamic Republic of Iran condemns” any instrumentalization and politicization of “human rights against independent countries and expresses regret that the UN human rights mechanism and tools” are playing into the hands of Western governments for their political objectives, said Afkham.

She added that the resolution has been drafted based on the websites run by Western governments and infamous and affiliated terrorist groups.

Iran's Ambassador to UN Mohammad Khazaei also said the draft resolution “does not acknowledge the positive human rights developments in Iranian society.”

“The Islamic Republic of Iran has taken a long-term approach and genuine measures to safeguard all human rights of its people,” he stated.

He noted that the accusations mentioned in the resolution were “devoid of facts”.

The resolution was adopted while the government of Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper is under criticism for its violations of the rights of indigenous peoples in Canada.

Many native Canadians remain among the poorest members of the Canadian society, with most of them suffering poor educational, economic and social conditions.

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