Nov 16, 2018 07:38 Asia/Tehran

Iran's deputy ambassador dismissed United Nations resolution that accuses it of human rights violations as a “politically-motivated” resolution.

Iran Press/Iran news: Speaking ahead of voting on the Canadian draft resolution, Iran's deputy ambassador to the UN, Eshaq Al-e Habib said: "The countries sponsoring the measure have done everything in their power to “suppress or derail” Iranian people’s century-long struggle… for the causes of human rights and democracy.”

“Orchestrating a military coup in 1953 against a democratically-elected government, unconditionally supporting a despotic ruler for the following two and half decades, supporting a war of aggression against Iranians during the 1980s, providing chemical weapons and reconnaissance to Saddam's regime to target Iranians, shutting down an Iranian passenger flight murdering all of its' 290 passengers, colluding with renowned terrorist cults, and waging a full-fledged economic war against Iranians in defiance of Security Council resolution 2231 and the mandatory ruling of the International Court of Justice are only a few examples to recall,” Iran's deputy ambassador to the UN, said, Iran Press reported.

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The resolution on the situation of human rights in Iran adopted by the UN General Assembly’s Human Rights Committee was approved Thursday in a 85-30, with 68 abstentions. This means the resolution will most probably be approved by the 193-member world body when it comes up for voting next month.

Canada insists on this futile resolution notwithstanding the fact that Israel, the last apartheid regime of the world, is one of its' constant co-sponsors, Iran's deputy ambassador to the UN said. 

Al-e Habib then accused the sponsors of the resolution of running a political charade by threatening smaller countries to withdraw aides in order to reap votes.

Please remember that unlike those few who have historically abused human rights as instruments in their foreign policy toolbox, Iran continues to earnestly believe in dialogue based on mutual understanding, cooperation and respect, Iran's deputy ambassador to the UN concluded.

Blasting the US and the West for imposing unilateral sanctions against Iran, Iran's deputy ambassador to the UN said such sanctions had killed more people around the world than all of the weapons of mass destruction put together throughout history.

In fact, not a single day has passed since 1953 in which the same forces have not harmed and tortured Iranian people, Al-e Habib added.

Weaponizing food and medicine against civilians has no other designation but crime against humanity, Eshaq Al-e Habib said.

Eshaq Al-e Habib said the Iranian nation, despite being under constant economic pressure from the US and its' allies, will continue to promote and protect human rights.

On Nov. 10, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani emphasized that US sanctions are targeting the Iranian people, and that the sanctions are meant to negatively affect the lives of ordinary Iranians.

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On May 8, US President Donald Trump pulled his country out of a nuclear deal struck by Iran and six world powers known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action(JCPOA) under which Iran agreed to curb its' nuclear program in exchange for lifting of sanctions.

The US unilateral move has been condemned by other signatories of the JCPOA namely the UK, France, Germany, Russia and China which have voiced their commitment to the deal and vowed to protect trade between their companies and Iran.

The US president also reinstated the sanctions already lifted under the JCPOA and vowed to impose the highest level of economic ban on Iran.

The second round of US sanctions against Iran targeting Iranian oil exports, shipping, aviation industry and banking affairs went into effect on Monday 5 November. 101/201

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