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Iran summons German ambassador over UN Human Rights Council resolution

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
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The Iranian Foreign Ministry has summoned German Ambassador to Tehran, Hans-Udo Muzel, after the UN Human Rights Council convened a meeting earlier this week at the request of Berlin, and passed a resolution against the Islamic Republic.

On Monday, the director of the Western Europe Division of the ministry conveyed Tehran's strong protest against the “interventionist and baseless statements” of German authorities to the ambassador.

The Iranian diplomat denounced the recent passage of an anti-Iranian resolution at the UN Human Rights Council over the recent developments in Iran as a wrong measure founded on a completely politicized and instrumental approach to human rights, which is categorically rejected.

He underscored that the Islamic Republic of Iran will not cooperate at all with any mechanism incorporated in the resolution.

The collaboration of Germany and certain European countries with the unilateral coercive measures imposed by the US has resulted in violation of the human rights of Iranians, and strips them of any legitimacy and competence to make claims about human rights advocacy.

The German ambassador, for his part, stated that he will convey Iran's protest to Berlin.

On Thursday, the UN Human Rights Council convened a meeting at the request of Germany and Iceland to discuss alleged human rights violations in Iran during the recent foreign-backed riots in the country.

The inter-governmental body voted to establish an independent international fact-finding mission to investigate the purported abuses.

Earlier in November, Tehran summoned the German ambassador over “interventionist and irresponsible” comments by the European country’s head of state in support of the recent Western-instigated riots in Iran.

Riots broke out in Iran in mid-September after the death of Mahsa Amini. The 22-year-old fainted at a police station in Tehran and was pronounced dead three days later in hospital. An official report by Iran’s Legal Medicine Organization concluded that Amini’s death was caused by illness rather than alleged blows to the head or other vital body organs.

Rioters went on a rampage, brutally attacking security officers and causing massive damage to public property as Western powers, in particular the United States, provided support.

The European Union and some Western countries imposed sanctions on Iran over its approach toward the riots. Iran, in turn, announced retaliatory sanctions against institutions and individuals in the European Union due to their deliberate actions in support of terrorism and terrorist groups during the riots.

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