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UN Special Rapporteur not allowed to enter Iran, official says

Monday 18 July 2011

By BNO News

TEHRAN (BNO NEWS) — Iran’s Secretary General of the High Council for Human Rights Mohammad Javad Larijani said Iran will not allow the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Iran’s human rights situation to enter the country, Mehr news agency reported on Sunday.

Larijani described the move as "illegal and senseless". He said that the countries who have called for the dispatch of the special rapporteur to Iran should first allow the examination of the human rights situation in prisons and detention camps of the United States and Israel.

"The Western-engineered appointment of a Special Rapporteur for Iran is an illegal measure," Larijani told reporters on Saturday.

"This unilateral action makes no sense and if they want to send a Special Rapporteur to Iran, they should take the same measure in the case of other countries."

On June 17, the UN Human Rights Council appointed former Maldivian foreign minister Ahmed Shaheed as its Special Rapporteur on human rights situation in Iran.

"Iran has no problem with the individual who has been appointed as the Special Rapporteur, but the appointment of a rapporteur on human rights situation in Iran is unacceptable and Iran will not accept the decision," Larijani added.

In mid-June, Iran decided to bar a special UN human rights reporter from entering the country. The Human Rights Committee of the Iranian Parliament decided to prevent the reporter from entering Iran, arguing that the UN does not monitor human rights violations in Western countries.

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