Thursday Dec 19, 201312:38 PM GMT
Iran dismisses UNGA resolution as politically motivated
Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham
Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham

Iran has categorically rejected as politically-motivated the recent human rights resolution passed by the UN General Assembly (UNGA) against the Islamic Republic.

On Wednesday, the UNGA voted to adopt an anti-Iran resolution with 86 votes in favor, 36 against and 61 abstentions. The Canadian-drafted resolution expresses concern over alleged human rights violations in Iran.

Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham said on Thursday that the resolution was drafted based on websites run by the West and notorious terrorist groups.

“The Islamic Republic of Iran strongly rejects such self-serving ploys as well as instrumental and political use of human rights by Western countries against independent states,” she said, expressing regret over the use of the issue of human rights to advance political objectives.

Insisting that a distorted and unreal picture of the human rights situation in Iran has been painted, Afkham said Western countries which claim to be advocating human rights have a “systematic and appalling” record of rights violations.

She added that Iran is resolute in defending the rights of its citizens based on the Islamic law and the principles enshrined in the country’s Constitution.  

The Canadian-drafted resolution against Iran comes while the Ottawa government has been under criticism for violating the rights of the country’s indigenous people.

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

In a report released on December 19, 2012, Amnesty International asked Canada to address human rights abuses in the country, particularly with respect to the rights of indigenous people.

AR/HMV/SS

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