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News code: 24748
Published Date: Monday 19 February 2018 - 10:07:08
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HCHR issues statement over violent incidents in US

HCHR issues statement over violent incidents in US
IRAN  - Iran’s High Council for Human Rights has issued a statement on violent incidents in the US calling for appointment of a Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in that country with due attention to contemporary forms of racism and racial discrimination there.

The full text of the statement released by Iran's High Council for Human Rights is as follows:

 

In the name of God

 

The news on massacre of students at a school in Florida has come as a great shock to the world though the nature of the incident remains a more significant issue. Although violence and murder are chronic diseases in the American society (and, to a lesser extent, in other Western societies), the above-mentioned massacre represents birth of a new form of terrorism based on racism and harassment, and like any other terrorist plot produced or ordered by the US, it assumes no limits to the amount of violence.

Undoubtedly, the President of the US and his accompanying political entourage should take responsibility for emergence of the dangerous phenomenon and be responsive to their nation and the world.

America's discriminatory, racist and oppressive ideology now has European divisions and regional affiliates, so the present threat is not limited to the American society and the new condition should be considered a major threat to global peace, security, freedom and prosperity.

In such a situation, the UN cannot be merely witness or remain silent and dissociated; whereas it possess adopted and approved instruments and established mechanisms with which the new phenomenon can be dealt with. Some available options include the International Convention of 1965 (on elimination of all forms of discrimination), the Committee on Elimination of Racial Discrimination, the Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism and racial discrimination as well as the Declaration and Program of Action of the Global Conference on Racial Discrimination (2001).

As such, the UN Secretary-General is seriously expected to take urgent and immediate action on the basis of existing documents and procedures, and to hold the US administration and its officials accountable.

We also urge the Human Rights Council of the United Nations to appoint a Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the US and provide grounds for the Special Rapporteur to observe contemporary forms of racism and racial discrimination in the US and submit his/her report either to the UNHRC or the General Assembly.

News Code: 24748
Published Date: Monday 19 February 2018 - 10:07:08
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