While Iran’s regime bloodies its dissidents, hangs homosexuals, presses women, the nuclear weapons-loving mullahs are seeking a treat for themselves at the United Nations. Iran is running for a seat on the U.N. Human Rights Council. And at the same time they are defending their own human rights record to the council.
I am not sure what kind of rationale they can use (maybe Ahmadinejad can say he calls his mom every day), but in the end may not need it. The oppressive state got much support from some of its friends such as Nicaragua and Cuba.
The events once again highlighted the deep divisions in the
Geneva-based U.N. body, which the Obama administration joined last
year, citing hopes of improving it from within.
After Iran presented the HRC with a 31-page report
on its human rights record, the council on Monday held a three-hour
“interactive dialogue,” with almost 60 states making statements and
Iranian delegates periodically responding. The exercise is known as the
“universal periodic review” (UPR), which examines every U.N. member
state once every four years.
The U.S. led the criticism of Iran, with Assistant Secretary of State
Michael Posner voicing concern about suppression of post-election
protests, restrictions on freedom of expression, violations of
religious freedom, “show” trials, and reports of torture of detainees.
Several Western delegates called for an international inquiry into the
post-election violence, while some implied that Iran was not an
appropriate candidate to join the HRC. Iran hopes to win a seat on the council in elections scheduled for May.
Not everyone agrees that Iran is a human rights menace.
The Nicaraguan envoy painted Iran as the victim of Western imperialism.“Nicaragua, as is the case for Latin America as a whole, has been a
victim of the same oppressors and this is why my country recognizes
this spirit of fighting and hope in the Iranian people,” he said.
The international community should not try to impose its principles and cultural values on others, the Nicaraguan added.
OK let me get this straight, the principles and values we shouldn’t impose, is not shooting, hanging, beating, etc., its people?
“We cannot but take into account the cultural environment in this
fraternal country which, like other Islamic countries, believes that it
is obliged to respect the norms of the Islamic shari’a.”
Oh wait, we are talking about Nicaragua. That’s where the government beats up human rights workers.
Leonor Martínez, 25, is a member of a group which promotes human rights and works with young people with alcohol or drug problems, the Coalición de Jóvenes Nicaragüenses. The group belongs to an umbrella organization of civil society groups, the Coordinadora Civil(CC), which works on a variety of concerns, from environmental issues to trade union rights. She was attacked by three men on 22 October, on her way home from a press conference, where she had talked about restrictions on protests and curbs on fundamental freedoms. The men threatened her with a pistol, beat her about the face and body, and broke her arm in three places. She told Amnesty International that they threatened her that if she went back “with the CC to the activities with the young people” they would “attack or kill” her and her family
Leonor Martínez says she knows the men involved in these attacks and has seen them several times. She says they have connections to the ruling party, the Frente Sandinista de Liberación Nacional(FSLN), Sandinista National Liberation Front. She has reported the October attack and the threatening messages to the police, but they have taken no action.
Another human rights violator Venezuela, praised Iran’s
achievements at the meting, their Representative said came those achievements came despite the country being “subjected
to unjust economic sanctions and an ongoing defaming media campaign.”
Cuba’s envoy similarly said Iranian progress had been achieved despite restrictions imposed from outside.
Pakistan’s delegate encouraged Iran to ensure the protection of
citizens’ rights, then added, “Pakistan firmly believes that human
rights are better served when these are pursued through a
non-politicized and cooperative approach. We should acknowledge that no
country in the world can claim a blemish-free human rights record.”
The representative of Algeria noted that the UPR process was meant to
be conducted in an “objective, non-selective, constructive,
non-confrontational and non-politicized manner … unfortunately this
does not seem to be the case today with Iran.”
..Another[Iran] delegation member, a judge, defended court rulings, saying,
“Although the implementation of certain sentences may seem unpleasant
on first sight, social conditions at times require their
An Interior Ministry director-general called
last year’s widely disputed re-election of President Mahmoud
Ahmadinejad “an exemplary exhibition of democracy and freedom” and
accused outside countries of interfering in Iran’s domestic affairs.
Holy Cow!! Unfortunately this is not some sort of alternate universe, this is the United Nations, where it doesn’t matter what you do as long as you are allied with the Islamic or the leftist states.