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Statement by Mrs. Hosna Khalvandi on Elimination of racism, and racial discrimination, and Self-determination Third Committee of the 72nd Session of the General Assembly

 

Statement by Mrs. Hosna Khalvandi

Representative of the Islamic Republic of Iran

on agenda items 70-71: Elimination of racism,

 and racial discrimination, and Self-determination

Third Committee of the 72nd Session of the General Assembly

(31 October 2017)

 

In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

 

Mr. Chairman,

It is regrettable that sixteen years following the adoption of the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action and in spite of near 50 years history of the CERD, the world has to witnesse the upsurge of the scourges of intolerance, extremism and new forms of racism.

The Islamic Republic of Iran is deeply concerned over the rise of xenophobic attacks against refugees, asylum seekers and migrants, and over the racist language increasingly being used by some political parties and politicians from across the political spectrum and in the media. The hate speeches by high-ranking political officials are in some instances being translated into discriminatory and xenophobic legislations and are threatening basic human rights of targeted communities. To overcome these menaces and in the global effort towards combating all forms of racism and intolerance, the commitments made in the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action alongside with the CERD should be further upheld and appreciated.

Mr. Chairman,

In some western countries the rising levels of Islamophobia, the proliferation of political parties with open anti-Muslims, anti-immigrant and often broader anti-minority agendas, and an overbearing security approach to migration control are becoming routine. Muslims and other minorities are facing more and more such xenophobic and discriminatory treatments.

Discrimination and hate speeches would only reinforce hatred and nourish extremism. The alarming growth of marginalization, social exclusion, disenfranchisement, racial hatred and racism in some western societies as the breeding grounds for mass atrocities cannot be underestimated.  

Mr. Chairman,

The right of the Palestinian people to self-determination, including their right to an independent State is squashed for seven decades by the Israeli occupation that constitutes the longest illegal occupation in the modern history. The world has time and again reaffirmed the inalienable, permanent and unqualified right of the Palestinian people to self-determination, including their right to live in freedom, justice and dignity.

In spite of all International efforts to end the catastrophic situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, the Israeli Regime continues with full impunity its brutal violations of international human rights and humanitarian law, including the right of the Palestinian people to self-determination. 

It is hardly arguable that the deafening silence of the self-proclaimed champions of human rights in the face of such plain records of racism by Israel is accidental. The appalling racial prejudice can be found in every facet of Israeli life. Systemic discrimination and segregation between Jewish and non-Jewish communities is reminiscent of nothing but a dreadful apartheid system. No amount of deceptive campaigns can overshadow the obvious fact that Israel continues to pose a real and serious threat to the global fight against racism, xenophobia and intolerance.

I thank you Mr. Chairman 


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