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Iran says UN chief's report on human rights lack credibility

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Iran has rejected as flawed a recent report by the UN secretary general on the human rights situation in the country.


Responding to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon’s 19-page report, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman, Bahram Qassemi, said Oct. 5 that such reports “lack credibility” as they contain “fundamental flaws.”

“The most important and serious flaw in the report is that it has been compiled based on a cruel, unjust and politically-motivated resolution,” he added.

In November 2015, the Third Committee of the UN General Assembly passed a Canada-drafted resolution criticizing the human rights situation in Iran, which was rejected by Tehran as politically-motivated.

Mr. Qassemi said Sec. Ban’s report, released earlier in the week, is worthless as it is based on “unclear” and “unreliable” sources.

Reaffirming Iran’s commitment and determination to promote civil rights according to the Islamic principles and the Iranian Constitution, Mr. Qassemi said the UN chief’s report “presents an unfair, one-sided and wrong judgment of the human rights situation in Iran,” adding that he has “missed the opportunity for an impartial and fair evaluation based on facts.”

Mr. Qassemi also expressed regret that the UN report has fallen short of addressing challenges that the Islamic Republic is facing, including the “widespread and organized” smuggling of narcotics into the country as well as the repercussions of the “cruel sanctions” imposed on Tehran over its nuclear program.

The Iranian official further warned that the international community could lose its trust in the UN as a result of adopting double standards and using human rights as a tool for political gains.

Such an approach will also cast doubt on the UN’s role, which is the promotion of human rights situation across the globe, Mr. Qassemi added. (