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Ban's Iran HR report ‘biased, politically motivated’


TEHRAN, Oct. 05 (Press Shia Agency) – FM spokesperson reacted to Ban Ki-Moon’s Iran human rights report who voiced grave concerns over human rights condition in Iran.

Bahram Ghasemi was reacting officially to Ban’s report where he criticized the report as being biased, politically motivated, and replete with unfounded claims; “such typical reports are theoretically flawed, and viewed by the Islamic Republic of Iran, they deserve no value and consideration. The text of report incorporates items from a resolution conceived in an unjust manner and which sought political motives, and since it sought to exert pressures on Iran and serve some vested interests, suffers international credit,” he told the press.

Ghasemi also levelled the criticism that the report lacked creditable sources of data or it relied on hearsays and inaccurate information leaked from inside Iran, which he believed, made the report stand in a position far from the status of a just human rights report; “the Islamic Republic of Iran waged considerable efforts to meet the citizenship rights of the nation nourished by an pioneering Islamic principles of respecting the man; this is in stark contrast to the political maneuvering of some countries in helping prepare a biased report on Iran’s human rights record, where the opportunity for a just and neutral assessment based on realities are denied for independent observers,” Ghasemi emphasized.

“It is unfortunate that UN secretary-general has systematically underplayed Iran’s achievements in all human rights issues including but not limited to perennial fight against international drug cartels even under cruel sanctions; the Foreign Ministry believes such report would only be dubbed double-standard and political play which would only exacerbate already desperate situation in the region especially humanitarian crisis in Yemen, where a member of the UN has been directly engaged and contributed to the disaster, and which would cast doubt to the place and prestige of an international body as the UN, and reduce the Organization’s place as a body which should help improve the overall human rights conditions across the world,” Ghasemi lamented.

“Ban’s 19-page report, released this week, says he remains “deeply troubled” by accounts “of executions, floggings, arbitrary arrests and detentions, unfair trials, denial of access to medical care and possible torture and ill-treatment,” wrote Guardian on Tuesday.

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