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Statement by Mr. Mohammad Hassani Nejad on Report of the Human Rights Council


Statement by Mr. Mohammad Hassani Nejad

Counsellor Permanent Mission of the Islamic Republic of Iran

before the General Assembly on agenda item 67:

Report of the Human Rights Council

(New York, 2 November 2017)


In the name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

Mr. President,

The Islamic Republic of Iran has taken note of the report of the Human Rights Council contained in document A/72/53 and the statement made by the President of the Human Rights Council and would like to thank Mr. MAZA MARTELLI for his role as the President of the Human Rights Council.

Iran reaffirms its support for the work of the High Commissioner and his Office, within the respective mandate contained in document A/48/141. Iran also wishes to reiterate its firm commitment to an open, inclusive and constructive dialogue among all member states on all human rights issues in the framework of the HRC and its founding resolution of 60/251.  Unfortunately, the Council is yet to be fully utilized as a medium for dialogue and cooperation. In many instances, the Council is rather being exploited for mere political purposes using confrontational and selective approaches. Politicization and manipulation have increased the mistrust and eroded the effectiveness of the Council and its UPR mechanism.

The rationale behind the UPR mechanism was to ensure universality, objectivity, non-selectivity and impartiality in the work of the Council. However, it is unfortunate that few countries still prefer to revert to the dysfunctional practice of Human Rights Commission and table country specific resolutions that has no value but increasing confrontation rather than cooperation in the Council. Therefore, it should not come as a surprise that the Council is finding itself on the same route that the Human Rights Commission once ill-fatedly experienced.

Mr. President,

The report of the Council includes as a product of the unconstructive attempts of few countries a reference to the resolution that was adopted against my country. Bearing in mind all the facts on the ground as well as the continuous cooperation of my country with various human rights mechanisms in particular the UPR, the resolution, its ensuing reports and the appointment of the Special Rapporteur are definitely misplaced, unwarranted and objectionable. The resolution is one of those instances that exposes the shortcomings of the Council and is nothing but waste of limited resources that otherwise could be utilized for meaningful promotion and protection of human rights.

Accordingly, the Islamic Republic of Iran disassociates itself from the part of the Human Rights Council’s report, which includes the so-called resolution on the situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran.

In the meantime, we also reiterate our principled position of non-recognition of and non-cooperation with the mandates that are created by the Council out of the sphere of the internationally recognized human rights.

In closing, the Islamic Republic of Iran, would like to underscore the important role of the Human Rights Council in confronting and addressing vicious waves of racism, bigotry, violent extremism and terrorism. The Human Rights Council has a role to play in raising global awareness towards the imminent threat of terrorism and the mindsets behind it. The world should be warned on the fast mobility of the evil forces of violent extremism and terrorism and more importantly  supporters of these menaces including ISIS should be cautioned that the boomerang they have thrown towards other nations will bite them in its return sooner than later.                  

I thank you. 

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