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Published Date: Monday 24 February 2020 - 18:56:22
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Those who sanctions medicine not eligible to be in HRC: Bagheri

Those who sanctions medicine not eligible to be in HRC: Bagheri
IRAN  - Ali Bagheri-Kani the head of Iran's High Council for Human Rights says those who impose sanctions on life-saving medicine are not eligible to be a member of Human Rights Council.

Here is the full text of the Secretary General of the High Council for Human Rights of the Islamic Republic of Iran in the 43rd session of the Human Rights Council:

 

I would like to bid my congratulations to you Madam Ambassador for your election as the President of the Human Rights Council.

Ladies and Gentlemen
I am from a county that its people believe that based on their religious teaching, human beings are respected by Allah regardless of religion, race, ethnicity, and color. "And We have certainly honored the children of Adam(17:70)" and there is no distinction among male and female "O mankind, indeed We have created you from male and female and made you peoples and tribes that you may know one another. Indeed, the most noble of you in the sight of Allah is the most righteous of you. Indeed (49:13)"


People who believe that if an innocent man is killed it equals the death of all human kinds "whoever kills a soul unless for a soul or for corruption [done] in the land - it is as if he had slain mankind entirely and whoever saves one - it is as if he had saved mankind entirely (5:32)."

In Islam, human dignity is considered the "fundamental principle" upon which all other policies, public or private, are constructed. By the same token, Iran, which is an Islamic government by the virtue of its constitution, has followed the same principle in its national policy making. For example, despite all security threats and pressures against the country, Iran's national security doctrine states the production or use of weapons of mass destruction is prohibited upon the Fatwa or religious verdict of the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution, Ayatollah Khamenei, who is the religious leader of the country as well as the head of state and the commander in chief of Iranian Armed Forces.


Accordingly, the "Guidelines for the Preservation of Dignity and Human Values ​​in the Judiciary System
" has been adopted recently as a part of judicial policy to promote human rights. These guidelines are based on the constitution of the Islamic Republic of Iran. Based on these guidelines, due process of law, independence of judges, fair trail, access to legal counsel, prohibition of arbitrary detention, prohibition of torture, equality of all before the law and other fundamental elements of fair trial, shall be ensured in judicial proceedings.


By these examples, I would like to stress that the policies of the Islamic Republic of Iran are originated from Islam that has enshrined human rights and dignity; contrary to some other countries who claim to promote human rights but their international human rights policies are rather based on political motivations.

Ladies and Gentlemen
Unfortunately, the human rights have been the victim of international politics by certain international actors which has undermined the implementation of international human rights law at national and international levels.


My country has fall victim to such predominancy of political and economic interests, regardless of their negative impact on human rights of a nation as a whole. This is a long story in which the United States of America has played the major role.

From 1953 Coup d'état, overthrowing the elected government of Iran, to supporting terrorist groups in particular the one who is well-known for killing thousands of innocent civilians and its main office is located in Washington, to supporting Saddam during the eight years of war imposed against the Iran and providing chemical weapons to be used against civilians, and from shooting down an Iranian civilian plane over the Persian Gulf carrying 300 passengers, imposing unfair and illegal sanctions, are only some examples of ignoring human rights to serve political interests.

Ladies and Gentlemen
Terrorism should be considered as a human rights issue as well. Killing of civilians, and slaving of women, beheading the innocent people in Syria and Iraq, are other examples of the breach of human right principles by the extremist groups supported financially and military by some countries. The current president of US himself confessed that Washington's policies have led to the creation of ISIS as the most brutal terrorist group in the middle East.


The same country conducted a terrorist act of the targeted assassination of Major General Ghasem Soleimani, a high-ranking military commander of Iranian Armed Forces who spent most of his life combating terrorism in the Middle East, defending the innocent victims of terrorism in the region while risking the lives of himself and his companions many times during the years in defending civilians' men and women who were about to fall victim to this heinous extremist groups in Syria and Iraq.


These are another examples showing who is in fact defending human rights and who is pretending to defend human rights but in fact serving political and economic shortsighted objectives.


Madam President
The most recent grave and systematic violation of human rights is unilateral coercive measures including unilateral sanctions. Yet again, the Iranian nation is the major victim of such a violation. United States has created an international sanction regime which amounts to a systematic violation of human rights at international level. In the case of Iran, the sanctions first were imposed on industries and technologies aimed at preventing scientific progress of the country which was itself a violation of the "Right to Development".


Later, the sanctions were imposed on all Iranian people, regardless of their role in politics, their religion, their age, their gender, and so on, with no objective but forcing the Iranian people to surrender to the American policies. This is not my claim These are the words, which were clearly uttered by the current Secretary of State of the United States of America.


This new policy in practice has prevented the access to medicine and basic needs by those who are in need. From human rights approach, some areas of social life are not sanctionable by their nature at all; as they are intrinsic part of human life and necessary to the protection of human rights. Although the US claims that basic needs such as pharmaceutical and commodities are not sanctioned, access to the most basic human needs are blocked due to the sanctions imposed on international financial transactions and banking. To preserving their political and economic benefits, many states who may not approve such sanctions, not only have failed to oppose such inhuman treatment but also they may support these policies by succumbing to it. We call this, "passive unilateralism" which is more dangerous than active unilateralism conducted by the United States. Those who impose sanctions on medicine are not only violators of human rights but also professional killers of human beings. And those who impose sanctions on life-saving medicine are not eligible to be a member of Human Rights Council.

These acts are not only the collective punishment of a nation but also a modern method of violation of human rights which should be put high on the agenda of the Human Rights Council.

Madam President
Ironically, Iran is among the countries which are being criticized by international human rights mechanisms but to know the truth I must say that my country is in fact sufferings and pays a huge cost for protection and promotion of human rights. If we look at the situation in the Middle East, the occupation of Palestinian territory and other armed conflicts and aggressions are the main source of human rights violations in this region. Iran is being punished for supporting nations such as Palestinians and Yemenis against the violation of human rights and humanitarian law. If there was a minimum level of consciousness, the world should have encouraged the Iranian nation for its efforts instead of stigmatizing it by violation of human rights and punished by imposing inhuman sanctions. I should not fail to warn the international community and the delegations in this room that the new measure against the Palestinian nation which is called the "Deal of the Century", may result in grave violation of human rights and more importantly may have a nation disappeared. The international community should be held accountable if it remains silent in regard with the anguish and sufferings of the Palestinian and Yemeni civilians.

Madam President,
Despite all the bitter facts, let us not lose hope for a better future for the generation to come. Our children and grandchildren, who will saw the seeds that we are planting today in such international forum. I wish you success in your career as the president of this council.

I thank you.

News Code: 29058
Published Date: Monday 24 February 2020 - 18:56:22
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