UN Special Rapporteur on Iran condemns “defamatory” report by Iranian regime press

UN Special Rapporteur on Iran condemns “defamatory” report by Iranian regime press

Published by on April 25, 2017

Ms Asma Jahangir, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Iran, denounced a report published by the Iranian News Agency (IRNA) alleging that she was planning to undertake a visit to Saudi Arabia in order to defame the authorities in Tehran and that Ms Jahangir intended to carry out the mission on behalf of military interests.

In a press statement published on the website of the United Nations Human Rights Council Ms Jahangir said: “I am appalled by this fabricated and malicious news story which is clearly aimed at compromising my integrity and independence, both of which are recognized internationally”.

“Anyone who has a substantive disagreement with a Special Rapporteur’s assessment can always express their doubts. However, it is unacceptable for mandate holders to be subjected to defamation campaigns when discharging their duties, which are established by the United Nations Human Rights Council,” she stressed.

“These accusations unfortunately reinforce the assessment I made in my first report to the UN Human Rights Council about the climate of fear which exists in Iran, where similar methods are used to silence those expressing dissenting opinions,” she added.

The Special Rapporteur reiterated that campaigns of vilification would neither put her on the defensive nor compromise her independence in reporting the challenges faced by Iranians with regard to their rights, dignity and freedoms.


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