Instrumental use of human rights, intl. mechanisms denounced

TEHRAN, Nov. 16 (MNA) – Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Ghasemi strongly condemned the instrumental use of human rights and international mechanisms by some Western countries, the Zionist regime and regional reactionary regimes.

Pointing to the resolution on the situation of human rights in Iran, adopted by the Third Committee of the UN General Assembly on Thursday, Ghasemi said the resolution is sponsored by some of the most serious human rights abusers in the world, adding "the resolution neglects current realities in Iran and is based on selective, discriminatory and biased objectives and pursues political goals."

Ghasemi strongly condemned the instrumental use of human rights, human rights resolutions and international mechanisms by some Western countries, the occupaying regime of Israel and some reactionary states of the region to pursue extremist aggressive goals as well as chaos-mongering policies and sponsoring separatist terrorists, adding "the continuation of this trend will definately undermine the trust of the international community in international mechanisms and will question their effectiveness, when necessary.

Foreign ministry spokesman also emphasized that "we consider Universal Periodic Review (UPR) as an appropriate and universal place for human rights assessment in countries without discrimination."

"The constructive and active participation of the Islamic Republic in this mechanism reflects Iran's seriousness in promoting human rights policies and its efforts to fulfill international obligations through constructive cooperation and dialogue," he added. 

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