Nov 24 (Reuters) – Iran’s representative defended the country’s human rights record on Thursday at a meeting of the UN Human Rights Council, which is scrutinizing its role in suppressing recent protests.
“The Islamic Republic of Iran deeply regrets that the Human Rights Council is once again being misused by a number of arrogant states to antagonize a sovereign UN member state that is fully committed to its obligation to promote and protect human rights,” said deputy vice president. . for Women and Family Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Khadijeh Karimi, in a speech to the Geneva-based body.
“To reduce the common cause of human rights to a tool for political ends of specific groups of Western countries is abhorrent and disgraceful,” she added. (Reporting by Emma Farge Editing by Paul Carrel)