Comments on behalf of the OIC on the Resolution against the Islamic Republic of Iran

Comments on behalf of the OIC on the Resolution against the Islamic Republic of Iran

Mr. Chairman,

The OIC has consistently opposed the practice followed by a group of countries of submitting resolutions in the Commission which are selectively critical of some developing and Islamic countries. This practice transforms the work of this Commission to an extremely political exercise designed to promote the political objectives of the sponsors of these resolutions rather than to advance the cause of human rights in the targeted countries. Therefore, this practice constitutes a negation of the very purposes of this Commission.

For the last 19 years a group of countries has initiated a resolution concerning the situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran. This repetitive resolution follows a hackneyed pattern and steadily ignores the existing realities in the Iranian society.

This outdated approach of the EU neither generates a momentum for the protection and promotion of human rights nor does it appreciate the remarkable home ground achievements occurred in the Islamic Republic of Iran.

The draft resolution on Iran is inconsistent and even contradictory, as on the one hand it acknowledges the positive human rights developments in the Islamic Republic of Iran, and on the other seeks its condemnation.

The promotion of human rights cannot be ensured by adoption of such politically motivated resolution, but through normal contacts, dialogue and cooperation which respect the sovereignty and sovereign equality of States. The Islamic Republic of Iran is open to engage in such a process. The OIC is ready to assist in such a international endeavour.

The OIC therefore urges all members of the Commission to oppose this draft resolution.

Mr. Chairman,

I call for a vote on this draft resolution.