Iran Regime Refuses to Join International Conventions
Abbas Ali Kadkhodaei, a spokesperson for Iran’s Guardian Council
By Staff Writer
Two government bills in Iran were set to ensure that Tehran joined the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime (UNTOC), but it has now been announced that the Iranian regime’s Guardian Council (GC) has rejected them.
The Iranian Regime is one of a handful of Regimes that is not signatory to the convention. Other include South Sudan, the Republic of Congo, the Solomon Islands and Bhutan.
UNTOC is a multilateral treaty that is sponsored by the United Nations and its aim is to fight against organised crime such as human trafficking and money laundering.
Abbas Ali Kadkhodaei, a spokesperson for Iran’s Guardian Council, said at the weekend that Iran will not be joining the UNTOC because it goes against the interests of Iran’s security policies and against the “resistance economy”.
He said that the Guardian Council had discussed the UNTOC bill on a number of occasions but the shortcomings of it were too serious to overcome. Iranian parliament presented the bill last January but the Guardian Council demanded that amendments were made. The spokesperson said that there was a problem with the translation and Article 3.
The Guardian Council is one of a large number of state bodies that works on behalf, or on the orders, of Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei. It has a huge amount of authority and has the constitutional right to disprove decisions made in parliament.
Another such body is the Expediency Discerning Council (EDC) and it too noted several “shortcomings” with the bill. It said that there were several “ambiguities” that need to be addressed.
Under a huge amount of international scrutiny, the regime’s President Hassan Rouhani has been working on several bills to relieve some of the pressure on the regime. They include the UNTOC bill, but also include other organisations such as the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) which deals with combatting money laundering and terrorist financing.
Supreme Leader Khamenei recently said that the FATF bill should be shelved because it was a conspiracy instigated by foreign powers.
He said that international conventions of which Iran is unaware of the depths should be binned and that Iran should create laws internally to prevent money laundering and the financing of terrorism.
The Iranian regime’s future relies on the financing of terrorism and corruption on all levels so it is no wonder that it does not want to adhere to international laws and conventions. And it is very true that the constitution of the Iranian Regime is not compatible with such laws and conventions, for the export of the so called Islamic revolution is inscribed in it.
The people of Iran are very conscious that the very laws that are supposed to protect the people do anything but. During the recent protests that kicked off in December last year, the people have called on the Iranian regime to leave Syria and to concentrate on fixing the many issues at home that need urgent attention. However, they know that this is never going to happen because the regime’s survival depends on its terrorist activities.