The UN rapporteur, Asma Jahangir, criticizes Iran over execution of juveniles, imprisonment of religious minorities, and torture of political prisoners. (Reuters photo)
TEHRAN, March 9 (Xinhua) -- Iran refuted a new report by the UN special rapporteur about the human rights situation in Iran as "unjust" and "politically motivated," Press TV reported on Thursday.
Many of the countries initiating and supporting the approach at the Human Rights Council are grappling with "countless human rights problems and they have a dark and inhumane rights record," Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qasemi said.
He made the remarks in respond to the report, saying that those countries' own flaws regarding rights record is a compelling reason for the invalidity of the approach adopted against Iran.
The UN rapporteur, Asma Jahangir, criticizes Iran over a range of allegations, including execution of juveniles, imprisonment of religious minorities, and torture of political prisoners.
Qasemi criticized her for turning a blind eye to Iran's achievements in the area of human rights, adding that before the official release of the report, Tehran had provided comprehensive explanations in response to the allegations, none of which has been considered in the released document.
Still, Iran will have "constructive interaction" with the new UN human rights rapporteur, Qasemi said.