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Iran slams US sanctions as violation of UN charter

Robert Carter
Press TV, Geneva

On Friday, Iran's Human Rights delegation to the United Nations took to the stage at the UN Headquarters in Geneva for the annual Universal Periodic Review. 

The UPR is a state-driven process, under the auspices of the Human Rights Council, which provides the opportunity for each state to declare actions they have taken to fulfill their human rights obligations.

This session is seen by critics of the Islamic Republic as an opportunity to condemn Iran for alleged abuses. However, the Iranian team sees it as a great opportunity to challenge misconceptions and educate fellow members of their achievements in this field.

Iran’s envoy to the United Nations Human Rights Council Mohammad Javad Larijani came well-prepared to tackle any criticism.

Mr. Larijani also condemned the US for its economic terrorism. 

Mr. Larijani highlighted Tehran’s efforts in promoting the human rights, but again referred to the US economic sanctions as a major challenge in this regard. 

He said Iran has taken major steps to this end including ratifying the charter of citizenship rights, prohibiting torture and adopting new criminal procedure codes.

The Islamic republic was praised by some for advancing education quality, treatment of minorities and for hosting thousands of refugees. 

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