Iran raises alarm about Israel’s crimes at UN Human Rights Council
Iran’s representative at the Human Rights Council has condemned Israel for taking the UN podium to raise baseless human rights allegations against Tehran, saying the regime is guilty of hate-mongering and systematic torture of Palestinians, among other crimes.
Speaking on Wednesday at the 48th regular session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva, Majid Torkaman said the Palestinian nation has been subjected to various crimes, including “repeated massacre, ethnic cleansing, systematic torture, murder and arbitrary detention
“The fact that an inherently evil entity, whose creation was totally based on occupation, massacre, terrorism, aggression and bloodshed, dares abuse the position of the Human Rights Council to spread lies and hatred is a clear manifestation of portraying evil, mischief and malice as normal [behavior],” Iran’s representative to the UN office in Geneva, Torkaman.
He pointed to United Nations General Assembly Resolution 3379, adopted in 1975, which ‘determine[d] that Zionism is a form of racism and racial discrimination,’ and called on the UN Human Rights Council to reaffirm adherence to the resolution in the light of “the apartheid regime’s continued policies and crimes, because the reality is the same as emphasized in Resolution 3379: Zionism is synonymous with racism and racial discrimination.”
He said Israel’s bestial measures amounted to war crimes, genocide and crimes against humanity under international law, including the International Convention on the Suppression and Punishment of the Crime of Apartheid as well as the International Criminal Court.
Earlier this month, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet hit out at the Israeli regime for using “excessive or entirely unwarranted” force against Palestinian people in the occupied territories in violation of international rules.
In a verbal report at the 48th session of the Human Rights Council on September 13, Bachelet said that so far this year, 54 Palestinians, including 12 children, have been killed by Israeli forces in the West Bank -- more than double last year's figure.
In April, US-based Human Rights Watch accused Israel of crimes against humanity by pursing policies of "apartheid" and persecution against Palestinians.
The word apartheid is often associated with South Africa. Apartheid was a system of institutionalized racial segregation that existed in South Africa from 1948 until the early 1990s.
The system was characterized by an authoritarian political culture based on white supremacy, which ensured that South Africa was dominated politically, socially, and economically by the nation's minority white population.