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Published Date: Friday 13 March 2020 - 08:01:40
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Iran accepts 188 recommentions in the country's UPR review session

Iran accepts 188 recommentions in the country's UPR review session
IRAN  - The Deputy Head of the of High Council for Human Rights of Iran statement for the Universal Periodic Review Adoption of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

The UN Human Rights Council adopted a report replete with praise for the Islamic Republic of Iran, in wake of a human rights review that all UN member states undergo every five years.

The deputy of international relations to the High Council for Human Rights, Majid Tafreshi in the Universal Periodic Review Adoption of Iran made the following statement:

 

Madam President, Distinguished Delegates, ladies and Gentleman

It is a pleasue for me to address this august body today and inform you the final position of the Islamic republic of Iran, regarding the recommendations made during the last November UPR session by distinguished delegates.

The Islamic Republic of Iran, in its third cycle, received 329 recommendations. We have examined each recommendation carefully with the participatin of all related institutions and civil society. The final position of my country is reflected in document A/HRC/43/12/Add.1

After extensive consultation and considering our national laws and international commitments and based on principle of securing human dignity and promotion of human rights, the Islamic Republic of Iran has accepted 188 recommendations, in whole or partially.

Iran does not accept 123 recommendations and has noted 18 others since to be in contradiction to the country's Constitution and legislations or in violations of the Islamic values, cultural norms and principles which is recognized under international human rights law. Iran also found few recommendations based on untrue information or biases.

Madam President,
Based on the Constitution, the Islamic Republic of Iran is a religious democracy. The promotion of human rights is a fundamental principle in my country and roots in Islam which believes in inherent dignity of human being. In the past 4 decades, Iran have had tremendous achievements in different domains such as boosting democratic institutions, and civil, political rights, education, poverty eradication, women and children's rights, the rights of persond with disabilities and health and sanitation.


Madam President,
Iran has always tried to develop its cooperation with High Commissioner`s Office. Iran's efforts to collaborate with human rights mechanisms include preparing its national reports at the convenient time. sending third and fourth periodic report to the Committee on the Rights of Child and defending its first report to the Committee on the right of persons with disabilities, are some examples here.

During the past four years, Iran has cooperated constructively with Special Procedures and mandate holders of the Human Right Council, and has responded to these mechanisms.

In line with protecting and promoting human rights, Iran is engaged in bilateral dialogues with interested countries, as well.

In connection to the subject of the right to life, it is necessary to make it clear, that based on domestic law and international commitments, deprivation of life is only considered for most serious crimes. Iran has amended its national law on the punishment of narcotics drug traffickers in 2017 which led to 90% reduction in the death penalty. Let`s not forget that Iran continues to be at forefront of cambatting narcotic drugs

Madam President,
Concerning a number of the recommendations on the rights of children, I would like to say the following:

In line with promoting the rights of children and adolescents, the adoption of the Bill on the Protection of Children and Adolescents, in August 2018, along with other important enforced or ongoing measures, is an important step towards protection of children.

Another human rights improvement is that child offenders will be hold only in the Center for Correction and Education, for maximum 5 years. Death penalty will not be enforced if the perpetrators are under 18. It is good to know that reduction here is around 98 percent, let's say we are so close to reach %100 or zero death penalty here.


Madam President
Torture and ill treatment in Iran are forbidden under the Constitution and the Islamic teachings and values. It is also forbidden based on national criminal law and international commitments. Those who commit this ill treatment shall bear the responsibility and made accountable according to the law.

Exploring the recent guidelines and procedures issued by the head of Judiciary, which amounts to 30 documents, all confirm the maximum effort of the judicial force to ensure justice and securing due process of law.

The guidelines to "Protect and Promote the Human Dignity and Human Values in Judicial Force", approved in 2019, is only one example which aims to enhance accountability. In this line, due process of law, interdependence of judges, access to lawyer, fair trial, forbidding arbitrary detention and torture and equality against the law have been strengthened.

Regarding the recommendations on women's rights which have been mainly accepted by Iran, I would like to emphasize that after the Revolution and even during the uprisings which led to the victory of the Revolution, women have been the pioneers. They are active in many policy making processes and national programming.

I would like to mention the documents on "Promotion of Women and Family's Life", "The Law on Transferring Nationality through Iranian Women who Have Married Foreigners", "the Protection Plan" and "Dignity and Securing the Safety of Women against Violence" are some of the regulations and laws that have been developed and approved at the national level.

At the moment, women are half of the student's population of the country. 30 percent of the jobs that require high levels of education are devoted to women. 37 percent of the physicians are women. The presence of women in management system is 18 percent and is supposed to increase to 30% in next year. I shall mention that at the moment women are at high official posts such as Deputy President or Advisor to the President and the Head of Judiciary, Member of the Parliament, Ambassadors, judges and etc. The Islamic Republic of Iran is determined to continue its efforts to strengthen women`s rights in law and practice.

Concerning the rights of religious minorities, I should emphasize that in accordance with Article 3 of the Constitution, political and social freedoms, participation of the public in determining their political, economic, social and cultural destiny, and the removal of unjust discrimination and the provision of just opportunities for everyone in all material and intellectual fields, are stipulated and guaranteed; There are no restrictions or exceptions before law, and all citizens are equally protected by the law. The rights of religious minorities, ethnicities as well as social and political orientations are enshrined in the Charter on Citizen's Rights and all government departments are required to observe it. The Act on Dispute Settlement and Conciliation stipulates that religious minorities may have their own dispute-resolution councils. Adoption of the Law on presence of religious minorities in the Councils, the criminalization of insulting religions recognized in the Constitution, alongside five parliamentary seats for religious minorities, despite their very small population, are notable achievements in this area.

Civil rights, including freedom of expression and access to information, freedom of assembly, freedom of association, as well as political and social participation, as set forth in Chapter 3 of the Constitution, under the heading of "The Rights of the Nation", and the Citizenship Charter, are explicitly guaranteed; and, in practice, has provided a good atmosphere for the effective activities of journalists, reporters, medias and NGOs.

Significant legal capcities in the field of political and civil rights have been already put in palce and the government is commited to enforce. Some of them are establishment of a center for dissemination and free access to information, the government guideline on securing free access to information, Cabinet`s Decision on Securing peaceful assemblies and associations and assemblies, the Charter on Political Dialogue and the Guideline on the Development of NGOs' Participation in Securing Citizens' rights in the bureaucratic system. Despite the cruel sanctions imposed against Iran, today we are proud to be a pioneer country in terms of information technology and communication. We have more than 46 million Internet users.

As for recommendations on terrorism, I would like to remind that both the Iranian authorities and people have constantly been victims of terrorism. Supporting terrorism, extremism and promoting violence and insecurity, disrupting the stability and security of nations through creating of terrorist groups by a number of countries, especially in the Middle East, that I do not see any need for further elaboration on that.


Madam President, Distinguished Colleagues,

We believe that strengthening the UPR mechanism and following the principles and objectives of the UN Charter in line with multilateralism will promote human rights.


I Thank you Madam President.

 

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Published Date: Friday 13 March 2020 - 08:01:40
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