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March 31 - April 6, 2014

Weekly Media Monitoring report for Iran
Posted on April 7, 2014

Contents

Compiled by Myriam Ménard

  1. Negative reactions to UN HRC’s Resolution on Iran
  2. Negative reactions to European Parliament’s resolution on Iran

1. Negative reactions to UN HRC’s Resolution on Iran
State-owned media

Islamic Republic News Agency
“UN human rights resolution on Iran pursues political ends”, Tehran, in Persian, 31 Mar 2014

  • Marzieh Afkham, Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokeswoman, has said that the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) resolution on Iran is politically motivated and illegitimate.
  • IRNA quoted Afkham as saying: “The resolution pursues political ends and lacks legitimacy. The move aims to cause a dispute between countries, impose special standards on others, and disrupt the international human rights mechanism.”
Private-owned media FARS news agency

“Spokeswoman slams UN’s anti-Iran human rights resolution”, affiliated with the Revolutionary Guards, Tehran, in English, 31 Mar 2014

  • Marzieh Afkham, Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokeswoman, has denounced the adoption of a UN Human Rights Council (HRC) resolution on Iran as “unconstructive and politicallymotivated.” 
  • Fars quoted Afkham as saying in an official statement: “The UN resolution is unconstructive, politically motivated and a double-standard move that undermines international human rights mechanisms.”

2. Negative reactions to European Parliament’s resolution on Iran
State-owned media

Islamic Republic News Agency
“EP Resolution on Violation of Human Rights in Iran Baseless – Afkham”, Tehran, in English, 2 Apr 2014

  • Marzieh Afkham, the Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman, has expressed regret over the adoption of an anti-Iran human rights resolution by the Europe Parliament (EP) and said that the resolution was politically motivated.
  • IRNA quoted Afkham as saying: “The EP resolution on violation of human rights in Iran is baseless and counterproductive; European parliament should do its best to understand Iranian culture and religious beliefs and not to use human rights as a political lever.” 
  • She added that Iran would continue to push for the promotion of human rights based on Islamic injunctions. 
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