- Iran’s Secretary General of High Council for Human rights lambasted Norway for applying restrictions for Iranian students and called it a clear example of Human Rights violation.
Writing an open letter to Norwegian authorities in Human Rights, Mohammad Javad Larijani pointed out to the recent Norwegian government’s measures to refuse granting residence permit to new Iranian students, applying restrictions against students who study in some courses and furthermore expelling some of them under different excuses, called it as a clear example of violation of international law, and international obligations by Norwegian government.
Here is the full text of Mohammad Javad larijani’s letter to Director of Norwegian Centre for HR and Director of National HR Institution of Norway:
In The Name of God
Mrs. Inga Bostad
Director of Norwegian Centre for Human Rights
Mrs. Kristin Hogdahl
Director of National Human Rights Institution of Norway
Following the creation of some restrictions against a number of Iranian students in Norway and regarding the negative effects of these acts on human rights, I would like to draw your attention to some points as follows:
The United Nation Charter, Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), and the other international instruments stipulate the respect to beliefs and human values, and prevention of the absolute rights violation. The recent Norwegian government’s measures to refuse granting residence permit to new Iranian students, applying restrictions against students who study in some courses and furthermore expelling some of them under different excuses, all constitute as the clear violation of international law, and international obligations by Norwegian government concerning the principle of non-discrimination as enshrined in Articles 2 and 26 of the UDHR, Article 2 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and Articles 13 and 15 of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. Regardless to the United Nations Security Council Resolutions against the Islamic Republic of Iran, which are unlawfully ratified based on political motivations, but the contents never authorize imposing such unlawful and injustice restrictions and prohibitions against Iranian students.
Moreover; the unilateral decisions of the European Union to impose sanctions are also inconsistent with a number of international commitments of the Member States such as the Treaty Establishing the EU. Obviously, any pressure and restriction to deprive Iranian nationals from their legal and legitimate rights in scientific and technological fields are considered as the violation of the International Convention against Discrimination in Education as well. Article 1 of aforementioned Convention clearly prohibits discrimination, which includes any distinction, exclusion, limitation or preference which, being based on race, color, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, in addition it prohibits any act nullifying or impairing equality of treatment in education and in particular depriving any person or group of persons of access to education of any type or at any level and limiting them to education of an inferior standard and in-compatible with the dignity of man.
Absolutely; the adoption of such measures against Iranian students; undermines the Norway reputation as the State with the human rights concerns. Consequently, it is expected that you as the Directors of human rights centers in Norway take necessary actions, with positive and logical approach, in order to eliminate all applied restrictions against Iranian students based on the respect to international commitments and observation of human rights considerations.
Mohammad Javad Larijani
Secretary General of the High Council for Human Rights