Minister Baird Disappointed by Iran’s Refusal to Admit United Nations Special Rapporteur on Human Rights

(No. 206 – July 19, 2011 – 3:45 p.m. ET) John Baird, Canada’s Foreign Affairs Minister, today expressed Canada’s disappointment regarding Iran’s refusal to allow entry to Ahmad Shaheed, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on human rights in Iran:

"This is the latest in a series of diplomatic snubs by Iranian authorities bent on undermining the UN’s work to promote and protect human rights.

"Iran is making a mockery of its supposed commitment to the United Nations and the values its members are expected to share.

"On one hand, Iran seeks leadership roles within the UN, such as a vice-presidency of the UN General Assembly or a spot on the Commission on Population and Development. On the other hand, it refuses to submit to the most basic of UN membership requirements, such as allowing access to independent international human rights observers (called rapporteurs).

"Canada again calls on Iran to observe without reservation its international human rights obligations in law and in practice."

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