Iran sends delegation to Geneva to state position on UN Human Rights report

Deputy Head of Iran’s Human Rights Headquarters for International Affairs Kazzem Qaribabadi said his country will declare its official position on the recent report by Asma Jahangir, the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights, during the annual meeting of the UN Human Rights Council underway in Geneva.

“The Iranian delegation will start its activities in the third week of the Human Rights Council’s conference on Monday and the head of the delegation will explain and declare the Islamic Republic of Iran’s positions on the recent report by Ms. Asma Jahangir, the Special Rapporteur on Human Rights situation in Iran, for the members of the Council,” Qaribabadi said in Geneva on Sunday.

He said that the Iranian delegation will also hold certain diplomatic meetings on the sidelines of the Council’s meeting and will hold talks with two special human rights rapporteurs too.

The Iranian foreign ministry had earlier this week deplored Jahangir’s report as “unfair and politically-tainted”, stressing that Tehran does not recognize it.

“As announced several times, the Islamic Republic of Iran does not recognize the report prepared by the special rapporteur who has been missioned based on a politically-tainted and selective resolution of certain countries,” Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi said on Thursday.

He added that Jahangir’s report, like her predecessors’ reports, has been prepared based on incorrect information and wrong prejudgments on the human rights situation in Iran.

“Unfortunately, the rapporteur has closed her eyes on several human rights progresses in Iran,” Qassemi said.