1142 GMT January 19, 2019
The Monday gathering at the Foreign Ministry’s Center for Political and International Studies was held to introduce the latest developments and progress made in the field of human rights in Iran, Tasnim News Agency reported.
The meeting was attended by Vice President for Women’s and Family Affairs Masoumeh Ebtekar, the president’s Special Assistant for Civil Rights Shahindokht Molaverdi, Justice Minister Alireza Avaei, Deputy Head of the Judiciary’s Human Rights Council for International Affairs Kazem Gharibabadi, and a number of Iranian lawmakers, the Foreign Ministry’s website reported.
Chaired by Deputy Foreign Minister for Legal and International Affairs Gholam Hossein Dehqani, the meeting was held in two separate parts. In the first part, Vice President Ebtekar took the podium to elaborate on Iran’s latest achievements in various fields relating to women and family affairs, with a focus on empowering Iranian women.
Later, Molaverdi talked about different aspects of the Iranian Charter on Citizens’ Rights, including its development and implementation. She also discussed a mechanism for supervising the implementation of the charter.
The next speaker was Gharibabadi, who highlighted Iran’s cooperation with international bodies on human rights issues. He also criticized ‘unfair’ and ‘unbalanced’ approaches of certain international bodies and states towards the human rights status in Iran.
In the second part of the briefing, Justice Minister Avaei pointed to Iran’s achievements in protecting the rights of children, saying Islam and the Iranian society attach huge importance to children.
Thereafter, the representative of Assyrian and Chaldean Christians in the Iranian Parliament, Yonathan Betkolia, elaborated on Iran’s achievements in defending the rights of religious minorities.
For his part, head of the parliamentary commission for legal and judicial affairs, Allahyar Malekshahi, talked about the commission’s efforts as well as the major policies to fight against narcotics trafficking. He also touched on the reform of the policy and efforts in the war on drugs.
At the conclusion of the meeting, Dehqani said, “All existing evidence indicates that the move by certain states to draft human rights resolutions against Iran, and the appointment of special rapporteurs on the situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic are politically motivated and would not promote the human rights situation in the country.”
He added that such resolutions would only aggravate mistrust of the international human rights bodies and would cast doubt on the legitimacy of the UN in this field.
During the meeting, a number of foreign ambassadors and delegates expressed their views on the topic.