Iran’s Ahmadinejad government attacks UN Watch for lack of “decency”

Following UN Watch’s speech today before the UN Human Rights Council exposing Iran’s abuses, the Ahmadinejad government fired back, accusing UN Watch of “unsubstantiated allegations” and  lacking “accuracy and decency.” See our statement, delivered by Iranian human rights defender Nazanin Afshin-Jam, and Iran’s reply below.


UN Watch Statement
UN Human Rights Council, 12th Regular Session
Item 2:  Update of High Commissioner for Human Rights

Delivered by Nazanin Afshin-Jam

Thank you, Mr. President.

Madam High Commissioner, thank you for calling attention to victims of torture.  My father was tortured, by a vicious regime. I know what it means.

Thank you for spotlighting discrimination in Tibet; the violation of women’s rights in Sudan; and the shooting of human rights defenders in Russia.

Thank you also for putting a spotlight on the Islamic Republic of Iran: its fraudulent elections in June, brutal arrest of peaceful protesters, murder of Neda and other innocents, and rape of female and male detainees.  Detailed evidence of these horrific crimes was released this week by opposition leader Mehdi Karroubi.

This is the government that tortured my father. And sitting next to me is Ahmad Batebi. They tortured him for 9 years, for attending a student protest.

This is the government that has at least 160 juveniles on death row, in violation of Article 3 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Article 6 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, and Article 37 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

The evidence is documented in this new report by Stop Child Executions, entitled “From Cradle to Coffin: A Report on Child Executions in Iran.”

Madam High Commissioner, you spoke of human rights, courage and political will.

Mr. Batebi and I here today to present this appeal by 50 Iranian human rights defenders.

We urge you to call for an immediate Special Session of this Council, to investigate Iran’s gross violation of all basic human rights, and to take action to protect the victims.

After June, the world knows: President Ahmadinejad does not represent the people of Iran.  The people of Iran want freedom, democracy, and human rights.  The abuses are getting worse and worse by the day.  There’s no time to spare. Please, we need your help.

Thank you, Mr. President.


IRAN — Right of Reply

Mr President, in exercising the right of reply, initially I would like to reply to the references in the statements made by Sweden yesterday on behalf of the EU, as well as France and UK concerning the developments relating to the recent presidential election in Iran.

First and foremost, I should reiterate that the unbalanced and biased vision towards country situations in the world, prevailing in the aforementioned statements, has led to the stereotyping the situation in my country, while there are a lot of verily alarming human rights situations across the world, including among EU countries. 

This negative approach, which is politically motivated, deprives one to gain a balanced constructive and inclusive attitude toward human rights. That’s why an outstanding 85 % turnout of the Iranians in the recent pres’l election and compet election debates have not caught aan eye among these few countries.

Furthermore, the cause for releasing the detainees involved in the events subsequent to the election without mentioning the due process of law again shows a non-constructive approach towards human rights in a country.

Mr. President, what we really need is a change in such negative and non-constructive approaches.

Finally, with regard to the statement made by the UN Watch this morning, my delegation, while rejecting the unsubstantiated allegations therein, would like to remind the pertinent rules of procedures which stress accuracy and decency in addressing human rights issues before this august body.

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