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Iran raps silence of intl. bodies over killing of country’s police forces during anti-terror fight

The secretary general of Iran's High Council for Human Rights has criticized silence and inaction of international bodies over the killing of the country's police forces in their fight against terrorists, armed smugglers and thugs, saying countries and global organizations must uphold their responsibilities in dealing with the elements that undermine peace, stability and security.

In a Saturday letter to Michelle Bachelet Jeria, the United Nations high commissioner for human rights, Kazem Gharibabadi, who also serves as the Iranian judiciary chief’s deputy for international affairs, said some countries are pursuing a selective and political approach to terrorist groups and international smugglers.

“Although the Islamic Republic of Iran’s measures have been acknowledged by international circles and most of the countries in the world, unfortunately not only the country has not received cooperation and support from other countries which is still the case, but also the paltry assistance offered by international organizations in most cases is faced with politically-motivated and selective excuses by some countries,” Gharibabadi said.

He added that around 40 Iranian police forces have lost their lives from March 21 to December 3, 2021 in the fight against criminals and armed smugglers equipped with all kinds of smart weapons and heavy equipment.

“The Islamic Republic of Iran has a principled policy on the fight against all types of trafficking (drugs, humans, goods, etc.) and has been one of the most successful countries in the world in these areas. Reliable reports and documents published by relevant international organizations verify this clear and successful record,” the Iranian human rights official said.

He emphasized that Iran’s national will in the continuation of such a humanitarian policy has imposed heavy financial and human costs on the country, including, among others, the martyrdom of more than 3,800 individuals and the injury of more than 12,000 personnel of Iranian forces only in the field of the battle against narcotics.

Pointing to “numerous” statements issued by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights against Iran, Gharibabadi slammed lack of even a single statement condemning the terrorist and armed acts against the police forces of a country that has “rendered the greatest services to the international community through the fight against drug trafficking, human trafficking and organized crime.”

In his letter, the Iranian rights official said he expects Bachelet to condemn unlawful and unilateral sanctions against the Iranian people, particularly in providing the necessary equipment for the police forces in their unequal campaign against terrorist groups and international traffickers and to counter the instrumental, politicized and selective use of human rights.

Gharibabadi also called on the UN body to condemn the martyrdom of Iranian police personnel by terrorist groups and international traffickers and to make countries and international organizations uphold their responsibilities against the elements that undermine peace, stability and security of the nation.

The letter came a few weeks after Gharibabadi rejected a United Nations General Assembly resolution passed over the situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic, saying the Canada-drafted resolution is politically-motivated and far from the realities.

He said the resolution, which had been drafted by “one of the biggest human rights violators” was “filled with claims that usually have no basis and are far from the realities on the ground.”

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