(MENAFN) Iran has strongly responded to the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) that voted on Thursday for a resolution to create an independent fact-finding mission to examine alleged human rights violations in Iran, mainly against women and children.
The resolution supported by 25 nations, as well as the United States and some European, Latin American, Asian and African countries, was put forward by Germany and Iceland. On the other hand, six nations - China, Pakistan, Cuba, Eritrea, Venezuela and Armenia were against the decision. 16 others abstained.
Khadijeh Karimi, deputy of Iran’s vice leader for Women and Family Affairs, condemned the Western effort as part of a “politically motivated move of Germany to distort the situation of human rights in Iran.”
“The Islamic Republic of Iran deeply regrets that the Human Rights Council is abused once again by some arrogant states to antagonize a sovereign UN member state that is fully committed to its obligation to promote and protect human rights,” Karimi added.
She pointed to the Iranian government’s efforts to foster the role of women in the workplace.
Karimi acknowledged the “unfortunate decease” of Mahsa Amini and stated “necessary measures” were taken afterward, including creation of a parliamentary investigative commission. She also accused Western countries of stoking riots and violence by intervening in Iran’s internal affairs.
Karimi further declared instrumental use of human rights is “disgraceful”.
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