Iran has slammed the adoption of the recent UN human rights resolution against the country as an “unconstructive, politically motivated and double-standard” move that “undermines international human rights mechanisms.”
The counties that drafted the resolution have turned a blind eye to the positive steps taken by Iran in fulfilling its obligations as well as Tehran’s constructive cooperation with international organizations, Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham said in a statement on Sunday.
Afkham’s remarks came in reaction to a resolution adopted against Iran in the 25th session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva.
The anti-Iran resolution was passed by the UN council 21-9 with 16 abstentions while one country was absent in the voting session.
She added that the resolution is based on “political interests” of certain countries and lacks “legitimacy.”
“It is regrettable that the sponsors of the resolution are silent and indifferent toward the gross violation of the most basic rights of the Palestinian people, and the fate of innocent people taken hostage by terrorist groups as well as citizens of different countries who lose their lives every day under the pretext of fight against terrorism,” Afkham said.
She added that Iran aims to continue its “positive interaction” with international human rights bodies “in a realistic way.”
Iran’s ambassador to the United Nations Headquarters in Geneva also blasted the resolution as sign of a “dangerous and concerning” course of action.
Ambassador Mohsen Naziri-Asl on Friday emphasized that the effort of a few countries that drafted the resolution is effectively intended to “impose their own standards on others and further widen the gap between countries.”
The UN Human Rights Council has 47 members.
The 25th regular session of the UN body was held in Geneva from March 3 through 28.
Published: Monday Mar 31, 201408:25 AM GMT