Nov 23, 2020 18:14 UTC
  • Human rights used as tool to pressure independent countries: Judiciary chief

Iran’s Judiciary chief says the issue of human rights has turned into a tool at the hands of certain Western states to mount pressure on independent countries that do not fall in line with their policies.

According to Press TV, Seyyed Ebrahim Ra'eisi on Monday rejected the United Nations’ latest resolution on the human rights situation in Iran, saying it had been drafted and sponsored by Canada and supported by the Israeli regime, the United States and some European countries.

“Today, it has been proven to all that the Western countries are using UN resolutions as a political tool against independent countries,” he said.

The anti-Iran resolution was passed with 79 ‘yes’ votes at the third committee of the UN General Assembly on Wednesday, even though 32 countries had voted against it and 64 others abstained from voting.

Iran’s Foreign Ministry Spokesman Sa'eed Khatibzadeh has condemned the “unacceptable” resolution as a rehash of “groundless” claims about the Islamic Republic’s human rights situation, saying it instead proves the “hypocrisy” of the “notorious” group of countries that voted for it.

Khatibzadeh noted that the move made by the Ottawa government and other sympathizers of the resolution is a clear example of “abusing lofty human rights concepts and values in order to achieve short-sighted political objectives” and emphasized that it “lacks any legal grounds and effect.”

The Head of the Iranian Judiciary’s High Council for Human Rights Ali Baqeri-Kani has also dismissed the UN report, saying it contains substantive flaws since it is politically-motivated and based on unsubstantiated allegations of terrorists tied to governments hostile to the Iranian nation.

In a letter addressed to UN Secretary General António Guterres, Baqeri-Kani highlighted that the report entirely focuses on negative cases and refrains from attesting to the country's tireless efforts and measures to promote and uphold human rights.

Elsewhere in his Monday address via video conference, the Iranian Judiciary chief said the majority of countries have been opposed to the anti-Iran resolution.

“The fact that the majority of the 193 countries did not back this so-called human rights resolution exposed the nature of the architects of this resolution and [showed that] most countries have realized that human rights has been seriously politicized,” Iran's Judiciary chief said.