Iran briefs for­eign en­voys on hu­man rights achieve­ments

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Iran’s For­eign Min­istry held a meet­ing in Tehran to brief for­eign am­bas­sadors on the coun­try’s hu­man rights achieve­ments as part of plans to pro­mote co­op­er­a­tion with other states in pro­mot­ing hu­man rights.

The Mon­day gath­er­ing at the For­eign Min­istry’s Cen­ter for Po­lit­i­cal and In­ter­na­tional Stud­ies was held to in­tro­duce the lat­est de­vel­op­ments and progress made in the field of hu­man rights in Iran, Tas­nim News Agency re­ported.

The meet­ing was at­tended by Vice Pres­i­dent for Women’s and Fam­ily Af­fairs Ma­soumeh Ebtekar, the pres­i­dent’s Spe­cial As­sis­tant for Civil Rights Shahin­dokht Molaverdi, Jus­tice Min­is­ter Alireza Avaei, Deputy Head of the Ju­di­ciary’s Hu­man Rights Coun­cil for In­ter­na­tional Af­fairs Kazem Gharib­abadi, and a num­ber of Ira­nian law­mak­ers, the For­eign Min­istry’s web­site re­ported.

Chaired by Deputy For­eign Min­is­ter for Le­gal and In­ter­na­tional Af­fairs Gho­lam Hos­sein De­hqani, the meet­ing was held in two separate parts. In the first part, Vice Pres­i­dent Ebtekar took the podium to elab­o­rate on Iran’s lat­est achieve­ments in var­i­ous fields re­lat­ing to women and fam­ily af­fairs, with a fo­cus on em­pow­er­ing Ira­nian women.

Later, Molaverdi talked about dif­fer­ent as­pects of the Ira­nian Char­ter on Cit­i­zens’ Rights, in­clud­ing its de­vel­op­ment and im­ple­men­ta­tion. She also dis­cussed a mech­a­nism for su­per­vis­ing the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the char­ter.

The next speaker was Gharib­abadi, who high­lighted Iran’s co­op­er­a­tion with in­ter­na­tional bod­ies on hu­man rights is­sues. He also crit­i­cized ‘un­fair’ and ‘un­bal­anced’ ap­proaches of cer­tain in­ter­na­tional bod­ies and states to­wards the hu­man rights sta­tus in Iran.

In the sec­ond part of the brief­ing, Jus­tice Min­is­ter Avaei pointed to Iran’s achieve­ments in pro­tect­ing the rights of chil­dren, say­ing Is­lam and the Ira­nian so­ci­ety at­tach huge im­por­tance to chil­dren.

There­after, the rep­re­sen­ta­tive of Assyr­ian and Chaldean Chris­tians in the Ira­nian Par­lia­ment, Yonathan Betko­lia, elab­o­rated on Iran’s achieve­ments in de­fend­ing the rights of re­li­gious mi­nori­ties.

For his part, head of the par­lia­men­tary com­mis­sion for le­gal and ju­di­cial af­fairs, Al­lah­yar Malek­shahi, talked about the com­mis­sion’s ef­forts as well as the ma­jor policies to fight against narcotics traf­fick­ing. He also touched on the re­form of the pol­icy and ef­forts in the war on drugs.

At the con­clu­sion of the meet­ing, De­hqani said, “All ex­ist­ing ev­i­dence in­di­cates that the move by cer­tain states to draft hu­man rights res­o­lu­tions against Iran, and the ap­point­ment of spe­cial rap­por­teurs on the sit­u­a­tion of hu­man rights in the Is­lamic Repub­lic are po­lit­i­cally mo­ti­vated and would not pro­mote the hu­man rights sit­u­a­tion in the coun­try.”

He added that such res­o­lu­tions would only ag­gra­vate mis­trust of the in­ter­na­tional hu­man rights bod­ies and would cast doubt on the le­git­i­macy of the UN in this field.

Dur­ing the meet­ing, a num­ber of for­eign am­bas­sadors and del­e­gates ex­pressed their views on the topic.

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