- Secretary of Iran's High Council for Human Rights says the country is a pioneer of human rights in the world and supports any kind of international cooperation in the area of human rights.
Addressing the 19th session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva on Monday, Mohammad-Javad Larijani said Iran will never allow UN human rights mechanisms to become tools in the hands of US and some Western states to exert political pressure on countries opposing them, including Iran.
Referring to a recent report released by the UN Rights Rapporteur Ahmed Shaheed on the rights situation in Iran, he added that the UN rapporteur has failed to present the real picture of Iran to the world.
"Instead of fulfilling his main duties, [Ahmed Shaheed] has taken part in interviews with various media outlets like a movie star," he added.
"To prepare such a report which is filled with baseless charges [against Iran], the rapporteur does not need to take the trouble and travel to Iran...rather he can stay in Geneva or New York and visit counterrevolutionary websites ...and simply copy and paste their content," Larijani said.
He further noted that Iran has successfully established a democracy based on religious rationality instead of the Western liberal democracy and is a source of inspiration for other regional nations.
Larijani stated that the special rapporteur that is sent to Iran must report the realities of the Iranian nation and its achievements to the world without following the orders of Western countries, including the United States.
On June 17, 2011, the UN Human Rights Council, under pressure from the United States and its allies, named former Maldivian Foreign Minister Ahmed Shaheed as its human rights investigator on Iran.
In his latest Iran report released on March 7, Shaheed claimed that Iran has demonstrated a striking pattern for violating fundamental human rights.
Tehran insists that the appointment of a UN Special Rapporteur on Iran's human rights is a selective, politically-motivated and unacceptable move.
Iran also blames Western governments, the US administration in particular, for persistently violating international laws, disregarding basic rights of their citizens and backing violations of human rights by despotic regimes across the globe.