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News code: 28678
Published Date: Thursday 5 December 2019 - 18:01:12

HCHR statement in response to UNHCR

HCHR statement in response to UNHCR
IRAN  - The Islamic Republic of Iran's High Council for Human Rights issued a statement in response to statements issued by the High Commissioner for Human Rights and some Special Rapporteurs on recent unrest which reads as follows:

Islamic Republic of Iran strongly believes in the promotion of human rights based on Islamic teaching and is committed to its citizens and international community. The country has resisted foreign attacks and unfair pressures during last forty years.

The Iranian people are a victim and target of draconian and unilateral sanctions of the United States, which violate international human rights values and hurt the most vulnerable people of the society including women, children and the elderly and those who are in need of life-saving medicine and health care. US moves violates international laws including human rights and humanitarian rules as they are meant to punish Iranian citizens.

Iranian people expected the Spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Marta Hurtado, to strongly condemn the clear interventions of US officials including the Secretary Pompeo who tried to turn popular protests into turmoil and insecurity before taking any stance regarding the unrest in the country.

Undoubtedly, the governments that supported these upheavals and insecurities should take responsibility for their own actions.

It is evident that the Islamic Republic of Iran believes that peaceful protest is the right of the people, and has certain laws and regulations in this regard. But peaceful protestors are clearly different from the rioters and those who have been influenced, organized and armed by US and some other governments' interventions to kill innocent people, destroy public property, set fire banks and other places on as well as stealing people's property.

Undoubtedly, the governments who supported these riots should take responsibility for their own actions.

It is unfortunate that the High Commissioner for Human Rights issued a statement without considering the plots and conspiracies to turn the protests into turmoil and has expressed concern over subjects which are far from the realities and even has fully ignored the task and duty of the sovereign state to maintain security and provide peace for the people. We are confident that the High Commissioner did not recognize the act of burning and damaging the public property in order to create chaos and insecurity as peaceful demonstrations!

The Islamic Republic of Iran strongly believes in the important role of constructive dialogue and cooperation, both nationally and for the resolution of international, economic, social, cultural and political issues, in order to promote and respect human rights and fundamental freedoms for all, as set forth in the UN Charter.

The Islamic Republic of Iran is the most important and largest democracy in the West Asia as all of the pillars of power are being elected directly or indirectly by the vote of the "people". Iran is about to hold a parliamentary election, the sole legislative body in the country with full powers to oversee, intercept, and reform administrative and judicial mechanisms and other state affairs.

How such an important phenomenon that puts the nation's opinion in the center of political affairs has been ignored by the Office of the High Commissioner? Is the field of contests and competitions a field other than the dialogue of parties, factions and groups and their interaction?

However, it is no secret that the United States, some of the European governments and their regional slaves, who have sought to impose puppet dictator governments on the regional countries with rich oil resources, see the emergence of such a strong, effective and successful democracy as a serious threat to their illegitimate interests. So they are trying to disrupt the election process and defame it globally. But thanks to God they have not been successful so far and they will never be in the future.

In a statement, the High Commissioner's spokesman was concerned about the disconnection of the Internet, saying it is a violation of the right to freedom of expression and access to information! While the Internet was never disconnected inside the country, people were easily connected to the national network and had access to different information and database.

It is astonishing that apparently only information of the western so called news website is considered to be reliable! How the subversive role of Western or European media in encouraging people to act violently, killing, lying and mind-boggling is called "access to information"? The United Nations Human Rights Council does not believe that massive negative news that has a destructive impact on the mind, soul and social and individual lives of the people, is also in sharp contrast with human rights?

Obviously, the use of weapons and violence against people and the police, attacking public and private properties has legal liability. Domestic and international laws does never allow any armed and violent gatherings.

People are not arrested due to peaceful protests and law enforcement showered restrained as much as they could; even several rioters resort to firearms and as a result, several police personnel were martyred or injured.

Unfortunately lots of baseless and undocumented news and information from unreliable sources has been released about the latest incidents in Iran- including the number of deaths and injuries, mainly by foreign media; however, none can be confirmed. Therefore, due to the necessity of transparency and investigation about the damages both financial and losses, the people's representatives in the Parliament and the Judiciary of the Islamic Republic have begun the process of investigating recent incidents. They then make the necessary decisions to assess and compensate for the damage to the people.

The High Commissioner for Human Rights and the Rapporteurs who issue statements are expected to seriously avoid making hasty judgments based on untrue news from the media of countries that unilaterally impose sanctions on the Iranian population, including women, children, the elderly and those in need of medical, medicinal and nutritional care.

It is regrettable that the positions of the spokesperson for the UNHCR and some of the rapporteurs issuing the statement are in support of the riots and violators of the nation's rights. Their remarks are reminiscent of the biased, unilateral and interventionist statements and positions of the President of the United States and the US Secretary of State. They express concern that they deliberately pass on and take no heed of the acts of saboteurs that destroy public property, disturb public order, kill and injure innocent people, including women and children. These so-called international human rights watchdogs have criticized and expressed concern over Internet restrictions while keeping their eyes on the propaganda of violence, sabotage and subversive guidelines and practices.

Such positions not only deviate from the mission of human rights institutions and special agents, but also undermine their credibility and reputation.

Finally, the issuers' attention should be drawn to the recent statements by the Special Regulatory Officers on the subject of Resolution 5/2, as well as the provisions of paragraph 1, Article 4, the 3rd paragraph of Article 19, Article 21, and the exception provided for in paragraph 2. Article 22 of the Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and explicitly referred to in Article 5 of the Vienna Declaration of Human Rights (1993), "All human rights are universal, indivisible and interdependent and interrelated. The international community must treat human rights globally in a fair and equal manner, on the same footing, and with the same emphasis. While the significance of national and regional particularities and various historical, cultural and religious backgrounds must be borne in mind ".



News Code: 28678
Published Date: Thursday 5 December 2019 - 18:01:12
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