Iran Nuclear NewsIran quits race for seat on UN rights body:...

Iran quits race for seat on UN rights body: diplomat


ImageAFP: Iran, under fire from Western countries over its human rights record, has decided not to seek a seat next month on the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council, a diplomat said Friday. ImageUNITED NATIONS (AFP) — Iran, under fire from Western countries over its human rights record, has decided not to seek a seat next month on the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council, a diplomat said Friday.

Bandula Jayasekara, Sri Lanka's deputy UN ambassador, told AFP that Iran informed the Asian group at the United Nations it would not take part in the annual secret-ballot vote in the General Assembly for new members of the 47-member council.

Iran's UN mission did not immediately confirm the move and it remained unclear why the Iranians may have decided to withdraw.

But Peggy Hicks, global advocacy director for New York-based Human Rights Watch, said Tehran apparently did so "in the face of mounting global opposition due to its abysmal human rights record."

"And that shows international pressure can help put states with better records on the council," she added.

The seats, which carry terms of three years each, are allocated among regional groups.

Four seats are up for grabs in the Asian group and Iran had been one of five contenders along with Malaysia, the Maldives, Qatar and Thailand.

In 2006, the Islamic republic tried to run for a seat on the Human Rights Council (HRC) but its bid was foiled after strong lobbying by the United States.

In an open letter sent this week, Iran's human rights advocate and 2003 Nobel Peace laureate Shirin Ebadi urged the 192-member General Assembly to reject Iran's latest bid for membership.

"We hope that by rejecting the Islamic Republic of Iran's bid for membership in the Human Rights Council, you will draw the Iranian authorities' attention to their wrongdoings," she wrote.

She said Iran's admission should be conditional on implementing UN resolutions demanding an end to alleged human rights violations there.

Last February, Western powers accused Tehran of waging "bloody repression" since contested elections last year as they challenged Iran to open up to international scrutiny during an HRC meeting in Geneva.

In a public review of Iran's record at the HRC, Britain, France, the United States and other Western nations expressed deep concern about reported killings, arrests and torture in a clampdown on dissent.

The United States and Britain called on Iran to open up to visits by the UN investigator on torture and other human rights experts.

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's disputed re-election last June plunged the Islamic republic into one of its worst ever political crises, with the opposition refusing to abandon the streets despite often deadly crackdowns on protests.

But backed by Cuba, Syria and Venezuela, Iran defended its legal safeguards during the HRC meeting in February and accused foreign nations of supporting "terrorist" groups on its borders.

Iranian officials also highlighted steps to improve women's access to education, health and social status, to protect children, bolster courts and better represent religious minorities.

Latest news

Iran Regime’s Ministry of Culture’s Decision To Eliminate Children’s Intellectual Centers

With the so-called ‘Cultural Revolution’ which took place between 1980 and 1983, the Iranian regime tried to purge the...

Water Shortage Crisis and the Destruction of Iran’s Water Resources

Iran is currently suffering from a number of dangerous natural disasters. One of the most worrying is the drying...

Economic Freedom Under the Rule of the Mullahs in Iran

The Fraser institute published its annual report of the index of economic freedom on September 8, which measured the...

Iran’s Regime Continues Its Internet Restriction Project

This is part of the outlook of a document by the Iranian regime’s Supreme Council of Cyberspace, which has...

Iran’s Human Development Index Dropped Sharply

One of the most common questions asked in primary schools by teachers all over the world is, “wealth or...

Narcotics Iran Regime’s Income Source for Terrorism

Besides Iran’s malign activities, such as its regional interference, and missile and nuclear projects, drug trafficking plays a major...

Must read

Iran: The Truth Behind Regime’s Call for a Return

While brain drain and migration from Iran under the...

Call on USA, EU & UN to take practical measures to protect Iranian refugees in Camp Liberty, Iraq

 by EIFA European Iraqi Freedom Association Press release – 1...

You might also likeRELATED
Recommended to you