Iran’s human rights record was reviewed today by the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, under its quadrennial Universal Periodic Review (UPR) procedure.
Iran’s delegation was headed by Mohammad Javad Ardashir Larijani, Secretary General of Iran’s High Council for Human Rights, who had previsouyl used a racist Persian term to refer to US President Barak Obama. He pointed out what he called “biting comments” made by “Western nations” whose delegations were present at the meeting.
On the issue of the imprisonment of human rights activists, the Iranian delegation also claimed that “Some of the allegations brought against HR activists have to do with espionage, terrorism, incitement to hatred and bigotry, under the guise of being activists.”
Many western delegations including the US and EU countries expressed their “concern” over the situation of human rights in Iran and called on Iran to be held accountable for its human rights violations.
France accused Iran’s government of engaging in “the bloody repression of its own people.” Canada condemned Iran’s violent crackdowns and torture as being contrary to Iran’s constitution. Spain, Germany, and Denmark urged Iran to respect international covenants, and end discrimination against minorities, women and children. Australia urged the Ahmadinejad government to allow a visit by the UN Secretary-General and the UN investigator on torture.