Iran, along with several other countries, has drawn the world body’s attention to the long history of human rights violations in the United States, urging Washington at the UN rights council to abandon such abuses and work instead to compensate for them.
Seyed Mohammad Sadati Nejad, who is in charge of human rights issues at the Iranian mission to the UN in Geneva, made the remarks on Monday during the Human Rights Council’s 36th Session of Universal Periodic Review that examined the human rights situation in the US.
He set forth nine recommendations for the US delegation, which was led by US Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor Assistant Secretary Robert A. Destro, Ambassador in Geneva Andrew Bremberg and Acting Legal Adviser Marik String.
Sadati Nejad said America should end its arbitrary and systematic killings using drones and bring to justice those who assassinated five Iranian citizens, including top anti-terror commander Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani, in Iraq in January.
General Soleimani and four other Iranians were martyred in a US drone strike, ordered by US President Donald Trump, upon their arrival in Baghdad International Airport on January 3 at the invitation of the Iraqi government.
The attack also killed Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the second-in-command of Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Units (PMU).
The two commanders were highly popular because of the key role they played in eliminating the US-sponsored Daesh terrorist group in the region.
Elsewhere in his remarks, the Iranian diplomat called on the US to take necessary legal and judicial measures towards ending systematic racism against minorities, including African-Americans.
He also urged an end to the unilateral US sanctions against other nations, which have led to serious rights breaches.
The US, he added, should also cooperate with the UN Special Rapporteur on the negative effects of its coercive actions.
Sadati Nejad further said Washington should halt the arbitrary detention of Iranians on fake charges of violating US sanctions.
The United States must end its complicity in the crimes committed by Saudi Arabia and Israel against the Yemenis and the Palestinians, respectively, and stop selling weapons to both regimes, he said.
Additionally, he recommended Washington to cooperate with the International Criminal Court (ICC) to investigate war crimes committed by US forces in Afghanistan.
The US should also end the practice of separating migrant children from their parents and putting them in cages, the diplomat concluded.
Besides Iran, other countries, including Syria, Venezuela, Russia and China, criticized Washington’s rights record
Counselor Khawla Youssef of Syria said the US should end its executive orders imposing sanctions, halt occupation of her country, hold its military personnel to account for any war crimes and end support for militants operating in the Arab country.
In turn, Chinese representative Jiang Duan cited nine points of concern regarding the US, among them the systemic racism, the politicization of the coronavirus pandemic, the proliferation of guns and military interventions abroad.
“Stop interfering for political reasons in other countries’ internal affairs under the pretext of human rights,” he said.
Washington’s own allies, including Austria, the Netherlands and German, also called for the US to ratify various treaties aimed at guaranteeing human rights and expressed concerns about racial inequalities and gun violence in the US, among other things.