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U.N. Watch: Cheering on Iran

Tribune-Review
| Sunday, November 23, 2014 9:00 p.m

Only before the United Nations’ human rights hypocrites could Iran claim that a “media blitz” and “propaganda” from the West sealed the fate of a young Iranian woman who recently was executed. And this, without a single challenge from the world body.

Mohammad Javad Larijani, Iran’s so-called human rights chief, staunchly defended the hanging of Reyhaneh Jabbari, 26, convicted of murdering a man she accused of trying to rape her. Ms. Jabbari’s lawyer, Mohammad Mostafaei, said key evidence and “basic legal principles” were ignored.

Sepideh Pooraghaiee, an Iranian journalist and human rights activist, concurred: “Listening to Iran delegates today, I felt they were competing with themselves as to who would tell the biggest lie.”

Never mind the widespread appeals before Jabbari’s execution. At Turtle Bay, as part of its Universal Periodic Review, Iran’s human rights “record” was praised, most notably by Syria, Yemen and Belarus.

Under President Hassan Rouhani, Iran “continues to engage in massive repression,” says Canadian human rights expert Irwin Cotler.

But before U.N. delegates, whose own nations apply the same “justice,” Iran has a venue at which to make a mockery of human rights, aided in no small measure by the deferential silence of the Obama administration.

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