|Ahmed Shaheed has become a ‘media actor’, Iran human rights chief says||
TEHRAN – Mohammad Javad Larijani, the secretary general of Iran’s High Council for Human Rights, has said accusations made against Iran for its human rights record in the form of “reports” suffer from technical shortcomings.
The enemies of the Islamic Republic have been interfering in the country for more than 35 years on the pretext of human rights, Larijani said at a news conference in Tehran on Tuesday, adding that interfering in the internal affairs of countries run counter to international law.
“The enemies’ ploy is a vicious circle, which changes according to the political situation,” Larijani added.
In his latest report on March 17, the UN special rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Iran, Ahmed Shaheed, accused the Islamic Republic of various cases of human rights violations, claiming that “deep reforms are needed to respond to human rights concerns” in the country.
Larijani also noted that the accusations against Iran have mounted in recent weeks, adding that such “propaganda campaign” against the country are of no use, as the country is “standing firm” in the face of such allegations.
The appointment of a special rapporteur on Iran’s human rights situation is “unjustified”, Larijani stated, adding that Ahmed Shaheed has turned into a “media actor.”
On the situation of Mirhossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karoubi, who are under house arrest since 2011, Larijani said that the cases of the protest leaders must undergo legal and security proceedings.
“We hope that this case undergoes its (legal) proceeding and we would not find them under (house) arrest anymore,” he added.
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