UN Rapporteur Had Accused Iran of Human Rights Violations
The Iranian officials today rejected a UN report on human rights situations in Iran written by Ahmed Shaheed, UN Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran.
“We cannot accept human rights dictated by the West, as we have accepted a religious regime and defend Islam's human rights principles assertively and of course wisely,” said Ayatollah Sadeq Larijani, the head of Iran's judiciary.
The UN special rapporteur today defended his critical report on the country. Shaheed told reporters in New York that he is sure of the complete accuracy of the contents of his interim report, released last weekend, and will issue a more comprehensive report in the months to come.
“I'm confident the report is reliable and can be useful in producing information about what is happening in Iran,” Shaheed said [IPS, 20 October].
The report included allegations of obstructing free and fair elections, denial of freedom of expression and assembly, allegations of deprivation of the right to education, and the harassment and intimidation of religious and ethnic minorities, human rights defenders, and civil society and religious actors, IPS reports [20 October].
Since Shaheed's appointment, Iranian officials have not allowed him to enter the country. Saheed, the former foreign minister of the Maldives, said while he will continue to attempt a dialogue with Iranian authorities, he intends to move forward with a more comprehensive report, with or without Iran's cooperation.
Shaheed also expressed concern about the Iran's justice system, including certain practices that amount to torture, cruel, or degrading treatment of detainees; the imposition of the death penalty in the absence of proper judicial safeguards; the denial of reasonable access to legal counsel and adequate medical treatment; and the widespread use of both secret and public executions.