- A senior Iranian official slams as unjustified and invalid the appointment of any UN special rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Iran.
“The Islamic Republic of Iran has always maintained a fundamental stance on the appointment of a special rapporteur with a country mandate,” Mohammad Javad Larijani, the secretary of Iran's High Council for Human Rights, said on Saturday.
He criticized the West’s dual policies that had led to such an assignment.
- “Iran believes that such an appointment stems from double standard policies and selective approaches of certain countries within the framework of the UN Human Rights Council,” Larijani added.
He made the remarks after the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Iran, Ahmed Shaheed, said in his twitter account on Wednesday that Pakistani human rights activist Asma Jahangir will replace him.
Shaheed also expressed his congratulations to Jahangir and said she will start her work in November.
Jahangir has served as former UN special rapporteur on freedom of religion, former special rapporteur on extrajudicial executions, Chair of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, President of the Supreme Court of the Pakistan Bar Association and member of the UN Fact-Finding Mission on Israeli Settlements.
On June 17, 2011, the UN Human Rights Council, under pressure from the United States and its allies, named former Maldivian foreign minister Shaheed as its human rights investigator on Iran. On March 24, 2016, he was appointed to the position for the sixth year.