TEHRAN – The Iranian Judiciary’s Human Rights Committee on Tuesday dismissed the recent report of Ahmed Shaheed, the UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in Iran, saying it shows abuse of the United Nations mechanisms.
According to Reuters, in a report issued in Geneva on Thursday, Shaheed voiced concern at what he called an apparent rise in the frequency and gravity of abuses in Iran and claimed that the Islamic Republic had failed to investigate “widespread, systemic, and systematic violations of human rights.”
The Human Rights Committee said that the report was “illegal” and “not based on the realities,” adding that it was meant to exert pressure on Iran, which is an independent country.
The report lacks legal weight and is meant to promote Islamophobia, the committee said.
It also defended Iran’s human rights record and called the Islamic Republic a democratic country.
Shaheed has prepared his reports based on interviews he conducted with unreliable sources and the information published on certain anti-Iran websites, which are affiliated with intelligence agencies of the United States, Britain, and Israel, the committee said.
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