Iran slams Canada over recent UN resolution on status of human rights
Iran's Foreign Ministry Spokesman Hamid-Reza Asefi on Sunday described the recent UN resolution on the status of human rights in Iran -- that was drafted by Canada -- as politically motivated.
"The measure that Canada took in drafting a resolution against Iran had been politically motivated and was free from concerns for human rights," Asefi told reporters at his weekly press briefing, IRNA reported.
"The resolution is a distortion of the facts and the developments of Iran, and it has been particularly designed for domestic consumption."
The resolution expresses concern over Iran's use of torture and "other forms of cruel, inhuman and degrading punishment, in particular the practice of amputation and flogging." It also calls on Tehran to "eliminate all forms of discrimination" against minorities, including Christians, Jews, Bahais and Sunni Muslims.
On his part, Asefi noted that such measures of interference in Iran's internal affairs are ineffective, stressing that the inefficiency of these measures have already been proved.
"The initiators of this resolution and those who voted for it have shut their eyes on the truth so as to display their political and unethical motivations," Asefi said. "The Islamic Republic considers this resolution as worthless and completely unacceptable." (Albawaba.com)
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