Iran issues UN report on improving human rights – Societal/Cultural News

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The report was sent to the United Nations Human Rights Council on Saturday, in line with the universal periodic review known as the UPR, a process that involves a review of the human rights records of all United Nations member states.

The report cites “great progress” in improving Iran’s human rights situation, based on Islamic standards and the country’s constitution, according to the website of the High Council on Human Rights.

“In accordance with the existing conditions and aiming to uphold social justice and establish people’s well-being, Iran has made huge investments in economic, cultural and social fields and guaranteed people’s right to equal participation and progress,” it said it.

The report details Iran‘s laws and policies aimed at supporting human rights for various groups, from the disabled to religious minorities, women and children to refugees, during the Iranian Year 1399 (March 2020-March 2021) and the first six months of the year 1400 (ending March 20, 2022).

The report says Iran has made significant strides in improving its human rights record despite restrictions imposed as a result of “cruel and inhumane” sanctions imposed by the US over the past 43 years.

“United States’ unilateral coercive measures against the Islamic Republic of Iran over the past four decades have grossly and discriminatoryly violated the fundamental rights of the Iranian people, leaving irreparable damage,” the report added.

“These actions clearly violate the UN Charter, international law and international human rights law,” she said.

It names some of the US actions, including sanctions on imports of medicines and equipment to Iran, and says such sanctions have had a negative impact on hospitals during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“To mitigate the impact of the unilateral US sanctions, which have been tightened over the past two years, Iran has incorporated the impact of the coercive measures in all law-making and policy-making processes and implemented plans to support vulnerable classes of society, particularly during the COVID- Pandemic,” the report said.

The report also stressed that there is always room for further improvement in the human rights situation.

It also claims that Iran is among the countries actively implementing the UPR and “the country’s basic policy is to support this balanced and non-selective mechanism.”

The full report text is uploaded here.

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