Germany against Iran in UN Human Rights Council

5 Mar 2010

In a reaction to the lobby of the Iranian government to become a member of the United Nations Human Rights Council, German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle declared yesterday that Germany is opposed to this membership. Westerwelle made the remarks in Geneva, where he addressed the 47-state Council. Voting for the rotating seats on the Council is scheduled for May.
Westerwelle insisted that the current members of the Human Rights Council should protest against a seat of the Islamic Republic of Iran in this Council. Westerwelle called a possible membership of Iran “an affront to all values on which the Council is founded”, pointing at the massive crackdown on protesters and opposition movements after last year’s controversial presidential election. “Iran has been violating the civil rights of many of is citizens.”
A well-informed yet anonymous source told TehranReview yesterday that related to Iran’s lobby to become a member of the Human Rights Council, a large group of arrested Iranian civil society activists and bloggers have been released the last couple of days. With every released citizen, the Iranian government has sent a letter to inform the Council, as a tactic of “impression management”. But in fact, all released political prisoners are free on unreasonably high bail amounts and live as hostages, knowing that any civil or political activities would lead to new arrests.

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