Official rejects Ahmad Shaheed report on Iran
IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency
Tehran, Nov 2, IRNA -- Deputy interior minister Hosseinali Amiri ruled out UN special rapporteur Ahmad Shaheeds statements on Iran, saying that the administrative affairs are handled on the basis of Iran Constitution and public opinion.
He was responding to the statement made by Shaheed in a meeting of Human Rights Watchdog held in New York.
Shaheed accused Iran of non-adherence to electoral promises, saying that despite positive gestures in nuclear talks, Iran is not willing to talk about human rights.
Amiri made the remarks in his address to UN Human Rights Council Meeting in Geneva.
Amiri said that the Iranian government is running the state affairs in line with the Constitution and that the high-ranking officials are elected through direct public vote.
Noting that on average, an election has been held annually over the past 25 years, he added that 11 presidential elections, nine Majlis elections and five Islamic councilors elections have been organized during the period.
The latest presidential election put President Rouhani in power last year in a totally democratic manner with a 72.8 percent public turnout.
He further noted that some 230 political parties with different orientations are currently operating in Iran.
Publication of various newspapers with different political tendencies signifies the existence of suitable atmosphere in the country, he said.
Amiri further noted that based on the Constitution, religious minorities are entitled to set up associations and perform religious rituals.
Elaborating on democratic values in Iran, Amiri said that the religious minorities have five representatives in Majlis, two Armenian MPs, one Assyrian MP, one Jewish and one Zoroastrian MP.
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