Iran’s Representative to the UN Human Rights Council Claims That the Special Rapporteur Receives His Documents From the MEK
United Nations Human Rights Council - OHCHR in Geneva
Even as Amnesty International and Western governments have strongly condemned Iran’s violation of human rights, the Iranian regime’s representative at the review session of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva has claimed that the Islamic Republic of Iran is one of the largest democracies in Western Asia and needs no Special Rapporteur.
Javad Larijani, the Iranian regime’s representative to the Human Rights Council, claimed that the opinion of UN Special Rapporteur Javaid Rehman reflects that of Iran’s main opposition group, the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI), otherwise known as the Mujahedin-e-Khalq (MEK), and that he receives his documents from the MEK.
Larijani’s claim on Friday, November 8, came even as on November 6, 2019, Amnesty International released a statement calling on the international community to “publicly condemn the deterioration in Iran’s human rights record during the country’s upcoming review session at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva on 8 November.”
“From horrific execution rates, to the relentless persecution of human rights defenders, rampant discrimination against women and minorities, and ongoing crimes against humanity, the catalogue of appalling violations recorded in Iran reveals a sharp deterioration in its human rights record,” said Philip Luther, Research and Advocacy Director for the Middle East and North Africa at Amnesty International.
Representatives of Western countries condemned Iran’s violation of human rights in the UN session on Friday.
“For decades Iran has flagrantly violated its citizens’ human rights,” the United States representative Mark Cassayre said, adding: “We urge the government to allow the Special Rapporteur on Iran to visit the country and investigate existing practices.”
“We remain deeply concerned by Iran’s failure to uphold international legal obligations, and its arbitrary detention of citizens and dual nationals arrested on unclear charges, denied due process and subject to mistreatment,” said Miriam Shearman, the United Kingdom’s deputy representative to the UN in Geneva.
Larijani represents a regime that is the world’s worst human rights violator and which has executed over 120,000 people and imprisoned and tortured many more. In the summer of 1988 alone, based on a religious decree by Khomeini, over 30,000 political prisoners, mainly members, and supporters of the MEK were executed in just a few months.
In July 2019, Mostafa Pourmohammadi, the regime’s former Minister of Justice and a member of the 1988 “Death Commissions” defended the horrendous 1988 massacre as “execution of terrorists.” In the same month, Amnesty International released a statement regarding Pourmohammadi’s remarks, which in part read:
“Recent statements by Mostafa Pourmohammadi, advisor to Iran’s head of the judiciary and a former minister of justice, defending the mass extrajudicial executions of 1988 provide shocking confirmation of the authorities’ wilful flouting of international human rights law both at the time and now and a stark reminder of the sense of impunity that senior officials linked to the killings enjoy, Amnesty International said today. The organization is particularly concerned about comments by Mostafa Pourmohammadi accusing those advocating for truth and accountability of ‘terrorism’ and ‘collusion’ with Iran’s geopolitical enemies, and warning that they shall face prosecution…Current and former Iranian officials must not be allowed to shield themselves from accountability for the mass extrajudicial executions through campaigns of disinformation and threats of reprisals against anyone looking to shed light on them.”
In his speech to Thursday’s session in Geneva, Larijani questioned Western governments on why they have accepted MEK members in their countries. Translated into the mullahs’ lexicon, he was asking why Western governments have not hanged the MEK members in public like the “largest democracy in Western Asia” and why they are respecting their rights.
Moreover, the Iranian regime took another unprecedented and disgraceful step to present an “exhibition of the Islamic Republic of Iran’s achievements in the field of human rights” at the Human Rights Council.
Morgan Ortagus, the spokeswoman for the US State Department, responded to this act in a tweet: “A new human rights exhibition from the folks who brought you repression of women, execution of children, religious intolerance, and a crime against humanity too long to list. Astonishingly, this shameless hypocrisy by one of the world’s worst human rights abusers is not a joke.”
A new human rights exhibition from the folks who brought you repression of women, execution of children, religious intolerance, and crimes against humanity too long to list. Astonishingly, this shameless hypocrisy by one of the world’s worst human rights abusers is not a joke. pic.twitter.com/LsIhZ3vWFr— Morgan Ortagus (@statedeptspox) November 8, 2019