UN human rights report 'politically motivated' : Iran

Source : IANS
Last Updated: Sun, Oct 14, 2012 00:30 hrs

Tehran, Oct 14 (IANS) Iran has rubbished a recent UN report on human rights situation in the country as "politically motivated," "biased" and without any legal basis, Xinhua reported.

On Thursday, Ahmed Shaheed, the UN special rapporteur on human rights situation in Iran, said in a report that the Islamic republic has repeatedly limited freedom of media and right activists inside the country, detained a number of them and mistreated them.

Iranian foreign ministry Saturday in a statement said, the report , accusing the Iranian government of human rights violations, is a reflection of "Western animosity toward Iran", Press TV reported.

"Ahmad Shaheed's report contains repeated claims, which the Islamic republic has dismissed several times. In addition, his claims are based on accounts by Iran's enemies, resulting in an unsubstantiated report that does not reflect the realities on the ground in the country," the ministry's statement added.

Shaheed, a former Maldivian minister for foreign affairs, was chosen by the UN Human Rights Council as its human rights investigator on Iran this June.

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