U.N. chief sending ‘wrong signal’ going to Tehran’s NAM summit


Iran will now speak for 120-strong NAM during U.N. debates

Rights group urges Ban Ki-moon to bring with him UN resolutions on Iranian human rights violations

GENEVA, Aug. 22 – Human rights activists are slamming U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon for announcing his attendance at next week’s Tehran summit of the 120-member Non Aligned Movement “on the same day that the Security Council heard a top-level U.N. report on Iranian complicity in the Syrian regime’s murder of its own people, in violation of resolution 1747 passed under the organization’s highest Chapter 7 authority.”

“By going to Tehran’s propaganda summit, the U.N. Secretary-General is abdicating his moral voice at a crucial time, and sending absolutely the wrong signal,” said Hillel Neuer, executive director of UN Watch, an independent human rights organization which has brought Ahmad Batebi, Mohammed Mostafeh, Nazanin Afshin-Jam and other top Iranian dissidents to testify before the UN.

“Mr. Ban’s spokesman today invoked so-called diplomatic responsibilities. But diplomacy cannot trump decency. The fact is that Mr. Ban is under no obligation to go to Tehran now – and certainly not when the mullahs are pumping weapons, funds and intelligence into the hands of Assad forces who are bombarding innocent women and children in Hama, Aleppo and Damascus, harming millions of lives.”

“Iran practices international terrorism, subjugates women, persecutes minorities, rapes dissidents, rigs elections, denies the Holocaust, and disregards UN resolutions to halt its illegal nuclear weapons program. Mr. Ban’s visit wrongy hands legitimacy and propaganda points to the forces of repression in Tehran, and their chief ally in Damascus.”

Moreover, UN Watch also revealed how Iran’s hosting of the conference carries other significant consequences for UN bodies.

According to the group’s practice, as host of the latest NAM summit, its 16th in 50 years, Iran becomes the group’s chair and will represent it at the UN over the next three years.

“We will now see Iran take the floor at the Human Rights Council and other top UN forums, speaking on behalf of 120 member states. It’s revolting: a regime that tramples the human rights of women, religious minorities and gays will become a leading voice in debates on how to protect these and other victims,” said Neuer.

“Now that he’s already going to Tehran, however, we urge Mr. Ban to, at the very least, bring with him the latest UN General Assembly resolution detailing Iran’s massive human rights violations, the report by the Human Rights Council’s Iran monitor documenting the country’s ‘striking pattern of violations of fundamental human rights guaranteed under international law,’ and the six Security Council resolutions on Iran’s illegal nuclear program.”

“Mr. Ban’s office today said he would make clear to the Iranian leadership what the world expects from Tehran. If so, then we call on him to officially present these critical UN positions to Iranian President Ahmadinejad, and to quote them in his summit address.”

6 Responses to “U.N. chief sending ‘wrong signal’ going to Tehran’s NAM summit”


  • Would Secretary General Moon attend an “International Peace and Human Rights Conference” sponsored and chaired by North Korea and held in Pyongyang? I assume he would taking his diplomatic obligations into consideration.

  • One more murderer ‘Iran’ found murdering innocent people of Syria going hand in hand with Syria’s murderous Bashar-Al Assad and his regime. And you say Iran is using its nuclear program for peaceful purposes: preposterous. Iran the God father killer is training small boys Bashar-Al Assad and his regime members to learn the art and science of killing innocents that Iran has perfected over millenia. Bashar-Al Assad boasts of possessing deadly Biological and Chemical (B & C) weapons used to kill innocent humans, who Godfather Iran, has well trained Bashar-Al Assad and his regime members to use for peaceful purposes only, to set an example in front of the world how ruthless, brutal and inhuman murders can be executed using B & C weapons – this is how we celebrate peace and human rights here. Dear Mr Ban Ki Moon, definitely you don’t know what you are doing. You are completely out of gear with respect to your mandate. Please be sure before you visit Iran for NAM summit and shake hands with Iran’s high command that they are correctly aligned with and implementing the principles of Human Rights. And I would request you to unfailingly carry the complete list of Human Rights to Iran for them to learn by heart, memorize first and please check if they say them all correctly and next, they ought to teach the same to their citizens. Only then you will be doing your duty to the UN and to the world.

  • Michail Azarniyouch

    By going to Tehran’s propaganda summit, the U.N. Secretary-General is abdicating his moral voice at a crucial time, and sending absolutely the wrong signal, while on the same day the Security Council heard a top-level U.N. report on Iranian complicity in the Syrian regime’s murder of its own people, in violation of resolution 1747 passed under the organization’s highest Chapter 7 authority.”
    This Iranian regime must be boycotted under any circumstance, this regime is criminal of the worst type with no regard of any human life. This regime is the worst type since Hitler and staline 2 criminals and gangsters in our unfortunate history. Nobody can reason with this criminal (islamic) regime in tehran, it is a mobsters and rapist regime of the worst type. The participation of Ban Ki-moon at the propaganda meeting (nam) is a travesty and it will only give legitimacy to the murderers who are attending and to the propaganda machine of mobsters and rapists. What is (nam) a dead beat organisation of the criminal past, a collection of dictators remnants and butchers. The free world and all United Nation countries and the Security Council have the moral and legitimate right not only to strongly comdemn but to destitute and pursue ban ki-moon should he not change his mind. This is a travesty. This is a crime! Stop this Non-sense !

  • Mr Ban should repeat his condemnation of the Iranian President’s recent call for the destruction of the State of Israel.

  • Sudanese government has not demonstrated any kind respect for human rights despite being fully aware of them. They have done crimes against humanity knowing fully well that their actions are completely against the human rights principles of the UN. Under the circumstances they should be banned from attending the UN Human Rights Council Meetings. I sign for that.
    Mr sanjay dixit,Mumbai,India.

  • Iran must unfailingly demonstrate that it is sincere and honest about fully implementing Human Rights principles in their own country and in Syria if U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon attending the NAM summit is to achieve the objective of the meeting; otherwise there is no real sense of his attendance at the meeting.

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