Tehran calls the UN a liar

Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, the high commissioner of human rights at the UN lambasted several countries for not cooperating with the UN on the issue of human rights. Iran was one of them: “Regarding the Islamic Republic of Iran, my Office has been given no access since 2003 – despite several years of good technical cooperation prior to that date. Our offers to begin a technical dialogue on the death penalty have been systematically overlooked, as have all other proposals of engagement. This is particularly regrettable given the reports we continue to receive of fundamental problems with the administration of criminal justice; continued execution of large numbers of people, including juveniles; allegations of discrimination and prosecution of religious and ethnic minorities; harsh restrictions on human rights defenders, lawyers and journalists; and discrimination against women both in law and practice”. Tehran’s answer was quick to arrive and, as usual, evaded responsibility: Al Hussein’s accusations were  “fallacious”. Neither did the Al Hussein nor Tehran mention that the UN’s special rapporteur on human rights in Iran, Ahmed Shaheed, was never allowed into Iran since he was elected in 2011.



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