Duplicitous, Insincere Response Warrants Strong Condemnation in the March Session
As the review of Iran's human rights record under the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) process concluded at the Human Rights Council in Geneva, the Iranian government demonstrated its utter lack of respect for internationally accepted norms by simultaneously accepting and rejecting recommendations of UN members with regard to addressing the critical situation of human rights in Iran, the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran said today.
"This was a moment of truth, when the world could see the Iranian government's deceitful attitude toward international human rights norms," said Aaron Rhodes, a spokesman for the Campaign.
After the release of the draft report of the Working Group on the UPR of Iran, the Iranian government announced its acceptance of several key recommendations, while it rejected the same recommendations made by other states, causing much confusion about its true intent. During the brief procedural response, several member states, including the representatives of the United Kingdom, Brazil, France, Austria, and Australia expressed their bafflement at Iran's rejections of recommendations that Iran considered "to be inconsistent with internationally recognized human rights."
Iran rejected the following recommendations under the above justification:
Ironically, among the recommendations accepted by Iran are several substantially the same as those, which were rejected. This simultaneous act of taking contradictory positions on the same issues demonstrates the Iranian government's lack of respect for international bodies and mechanisms, and for the essential rational-legal processes of the international community.
"The Iranian government is loudly telling the world that it cannot be trusted in international negotiations and interactions, has no ability to demonstrate sincere intentions to cooperate, and instead reveals contempt for the international community," Rhodes said.
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