15 November 2012
H. E. Mr. Mohammad Khazaee, Ambassador and Permanent Representative
Of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the United Nations
On Resolution L.51: Situation of Human Rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran
before the Ambassadorial Meeting of the OIC Group
New York, 15 November 2012
بسم الله الرحمن الرحیم
At the outset, let me thank you for providing us with this opportunity to share briefly the position of my country with regard to the draft resolution L.51, tabled by the Canadian Government against the situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran in the Third Committee of the 67 session of the General Assembly.
Since all distinguished colleagues and brothers in the OIC group are familiar with the annually presented resolution, I do not want to go in-depth into the technical or substantive flaws of the resolution itself, but to highlight a couple of points.
We firmly believe that draft resolution L.51 against the Islamic Republic of Iran contradicts with the spirit of cooperation extended to the UN human rights bodies and the situation of human rights in Iran does not warrant such a resolution.
The Islamic Republic of Iran has fully and actively cooperated with the universal periodic review mechanism of the Human Rights Council by submitting a detailed and substantiated national report and sending a high-level delegation to the Council in February 2010. Recently, Iran submitted three periodic reports to the relevant UN Treaty Bodies, joined to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and signed the Optional Protocol on the Involvement of Children in Armed Conflict.
Furthermore, a number of other legislative, judicial and executive measures have been taken by my Government for further promotion and protection of human rights at the national level, on which a detailed report has been presented to your Missions a couple of days ago.
The OIC member states on numerous occasions have explicitly expressed their firm opposition to the practice of submitting country specific resolutions on human rights situations which are selectively targeting developing and Islamic countries. The OIC has also reaffirmed that this practice is one of the main reasons that transforms the work of human rights bodies into an extremely political exercise rather than contributing to the advancement of the cause of human rights.[i]
Further, OIC has already stated that it is against any initiative that may lead to the use of human rights as a means of political pressure on any developing countries[ii], and that the submission of country specific resolutions on human rights situations would make the work of human rights bodies politicized instead of contributing to the promotion of human rights.
Having said that, Mr. Chairman, and as I explained earlier, the Canadian draft resolution against my country solely seeks political interests and goals that its sponsors pursue. It certainly lacks credibility as far as our human rights situation is concerned.
Finally, Mr. Chairman, in view of these considerations, I would like to request the OIC member states to oppose this unhealthy, biased and politically motivated approach taken by the western sponsors of the draft resolution against the Islamic republic of Iran and to vote against L.51 presented by Canada to the Third Committee.
[i] The Final Communiqué of the Annual Coordination Meeting of Minister of Foreign Affairs which was unanimously adopted by distinguished ministers of the OIC member states
[ii] Resolution 2/36 adopted at the 36 session of Council of Foreign Minister of the OIC