Iran has the most successful record in terms of human rights among Muslim countries in the contemporary world, Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi said on Monday.
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Salehi made the remarks during a speech at the 19th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council, which opened in Geneva on February 27 and closes on March 23.
In his speech, Salehi said that Iran has made considerable achievements in the field of human rights, adding that the elections that have been held in the country prove the democratic nature of the Islamic system.
Commenting on Iran's parliamentary election, which is scheduled to be held on March 2, Salehi said it is predicted that the people will turn out in large numbers for the election.
He went on to say that Iran will continue its efforts to improve its human rights record.
Salehi also commented on the sanctions imposed on the Islamic Republic, saying that certain Western countries have been exerting pressure on Iran with the aim of depriving the people of their rights.
On the assassinations of a number of Iranian nuclear scientists, he stated that such actions will not compel the country to change its policies, adding that perpetrators of the terrorist attacks carried out against Iranian scientists are residing in the capital of a Western country and are being supported by the Zionist regime.
Elsewhere in his remarks, the Iranian foreign minister said that the Human Rights Council is at a critical stage and should make efforts to prevent violations of human rights around the world and the use of the issue of human rights as a tool to realize political objectives.
Salehi also spoke about the atrocities being committed by Israel against the Palestinian people and said that the Human Rights Council is the most important body where numerous problems facing the Palestinians can be addressed.
On the popular uprisings occurring in the Arab world, the Iranian foreign minister stated that the people should be vigilant about the enemies' efforts to sow discord among them and should safeguard the achievements of their revolutions.
He also called on the governments of regional countries to respect their people's rights.
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