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Iran to pursue human rights violation in Canada: Foreign Minister

Tehran, Nov 23, IRNA-Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki here Thursday said that Iran will seriously pursue the issue of human rights violation in Canada.

He made the remark while speaking to domestic and foreign media along with his Malaysian counterpart, Hamid Al-Bar.

"Iran's resolution against Canada may not be welcomed in the current year due to the world countries' ignorance of the issue.

"However, based on Iran's policy, pursuance of the matter is considered as a serious human rights matter," he said.

Iran's anti-Canada resolution, which centers on the situation of the country's indigenous residents and religious minorities did not gain enough votes at the United Nations General Assembly's third committee meeting.

Mottaki noted that Canada had better respond to the human community about its approach to its indigenous residents.

"This was the first time Iran submitted a resolution against Canada's horrible, yet modern violation of the rights of the indigenous residents of this country," he said.

Mottaki's reaction is in response to a resolution issued by Canada against Iran on Tuesday at the UN General Assembly's third committee meeting, which was approved by gaining 70 positive votes.

Meanwhile, 48 member states voted against it and 55 others either abstained from voting or did not participate in it.

"The human rights dossier of Canada's boss, namely the US and West, in the region is not defensible. The US secret prisons across the world and its barbaric tortures at Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo Bay prisons leave no ground for defending the human rights claims by the West.

"Iran considers the silence of world countries on the US secret prisons as their cooperation with the US regime on the issue," said the minister.

He pointed to Canada's support for the crimes of the Zionist regime and said that the black dossier of the Canadian government in support of its boss (the US), which has committed many anti-human crimes in Iraq, Lebanon and Afghanistan as well as Guantanamo and Abu Ghraib prisons, can never be defended.

Mottaki said that Iran supports the human rights based on Islamic instructions and human respect.

Condemning the assassination of the Lebanese minister of industries, he said that it proved that the enemies of Lebanon's unity and solidarity masterminded the terrorist move.

He hoped that the current problems in Lebanon, which are the cause of deep concern of Islamic states will be solved through talks among Lebanese officials.

Iran denounces Canada's human rights violations

United Nations, New York, Nov 23, IRNA-Iran on Wednesday strongly criticized Canada for its human rights violations, in particular those against its native residents and migrants, and urged western states to condemn its hypocritical behavior.

Iran's representative to the Third Committee of the UN General Assembly, Peymaneh Hastei, said Iran had sponsored a resolution in the UN General Assembly condemning the human rights violations of Canada.

Iran, in its statement, calls on the world body to pay special attention to the human rights situation of migrants and natives of Canada for possible redress.

"Canada, which claims to be a key player in the so-called global struggle for human rights, is itself a great violator of human rights with its discriminatory policies," she emphasized.

Recalling UN and NGO reports detailing Canada's human rights violations, she expressed regret for the unfavorable social situation natives and migrants in Canada find themselves in.

Ms Hastei referred to the many years of imprisonment of a large number of Canadian natives as another example of human rights violations in Canada.

Unfortunately, the resolution sponsored by Iran was rejected because it did not get the support of countries which claim to be champions of human rights. These so-called arbiters of human rights issue had even gone to the extent of influencing or pressurizing other states to reject it.

The Third Committee of the UN General Assembly on Tuesday passed a resolution sponsored by Canada denouncing the alleged human rights violations in Iran.

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