Iran names Seyed Mohammad Sajjadi as rep to UN Human Rights Council

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has a new Geneva ambassador to represent his fundamentalist regime at the UN Human Rights Council — see UN announcement below. Iran currently sits on the council as an observer, and, despite its abysmal record of brutality and repression, is now a competitive candidate to become a full voting member in elections to be held in May.


Seyed Mohammad Sajjadi, the new Permanent Representative of Iran to the United Nations Office at Geneva, today presented his credentials to Sergei Ordzhonikidze, the Director-General of the United Nations Office at Geneva.

Prior to his appointment to Geneva, Mr. Sajjadi had been serving as Director-General for International Political Affairs at the Iranian Foreign Ministry since 2007. He was Head of the West Asia Department at the Ministry from 2005 to 2007.

Mr. Sajjadi joined the Foreign Ministry in 1990. He served in the Iranian Embassy in Jakarta from 1994 to 1998 and the Permanent Mission of Iran to the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific, based in Bangkok, from 2001 to 2005.

Before joining the Foreign Ministry, Mr. Sajjadi worked at Iran Broadcasting (1989 to 1990) and Iranian Radio (1985 to 1989). He has produced more than 100 articles in different fields such as history, politics, international relations and economics in the press and for Iran Broadcasting.

Mr. Sajjadi has a BA in international relations from the College of International Relations affiliated to the Foreign Ministry; and an MA in Political Science from Tehran University. He was born in Tehran on 16 October 1961 and is married with three children.

2 Responses to “Iran names Seyed Mohammad Sajjadi as rep to UN Human Rights Council”

  • How is possible to accept a rep. from the criminal government of IRAN, cruel and cynic gov. I make a call to the United Nations to reject the rep from Iran, as well , I make a call to the government of Iran to free all the politic prisoners, journalist, artist, politics, the 3 american hikers.. Iran has record of Human Violations for many years.

  • Eastern Europe, Latin America/Caribbean, and Western Europe have all presented “clean slates” — which means that the elections will not be contested. The practice of presenting “clean slates” is inconsistent with the spirit of General Assembly resolution 60/251, which clearly contemplates contested elections. Therefore, Eastern Europe, Latin America/Caribbean, and Western Europe are all complicit in “rigging” the election, and conspiring against open and contested elections, so that members of the General Assembly have a real choice to select only those States that have shown demonstrated commitment to uphold human rights.
    The record of the Human Rights Council demonstrates that its ability to carry out its mandate to promote and protect all human rights in all countries depends overwhelmingly on the commitment of its members to human rights. The election of 14 new members on 13 May 2010 is an opportunity to ensure the election of States that have a demonstrated commitment to ensuring effective action in the Council to protect human rights.
    Only candidates demonstrating solid commitment to human rights should be elected. Iran has excluded itself from eligibility for membership of UNHCR by failing to uphold even the most basic human rights of its own citizens and those of any foreign nationals unfortunate enough to be imprisoned by the Iranian Regime.

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