TEHRAN, Oct. 31 (MNA) – Iran’s human rights chief has called for an expansion of cooperation with Russia in areas of human rights.

Mohammad Javad Larijani, the secretary general of Iran’s High Council for Human Rights, made the call in a meeting with the Russian plenipotentiary representative in human rights in Tehran on Wednesday. 
 
Larijani also lamented the fact that the United Nations has appointed a special rapporteur on human rights for Iran.
 
He criticized Ahmed Shaheed, the UN special rapporteur on human rights in Iran, saying he is using terrorists as his sources of reports about human rights situation in Iran.
 
“The situation of human rights is such that the UN special rapporteur is mentioning notorious terrorists such as Rigi, Mojahedin-e Khalq Organization, and PJAK (Party for a Free Life in Kurdistan), who have Iranian people’s blood on their hands, as advocates of human rights.”
 
This approach has come as a blow to the UN and shows that the human rights issue has been distanced from its major goal, Larijani commented.
 
Also, the Russian envoy said that Iran does not deserve global pressure over human rights. 
 
“We are and have been opposed to the introduced resolutions at the United Nations against Iran and have expressed our criticism to this wrong approach,” the Russian official said.
 
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