Tehran (IP)- Secretary-general of Iran’s High Council for Human Rights deplored the international bodies’ silence over the martyrdom of Iranian Police forces in the fight against criminals and armed smugglers that are equipped with all kinds of smart weapons and heavy equipment.

Iran PressIran News: In a letter to the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet on Saturday, Kazem Gharibabadi called on the international community to uphold its responsibilities in battling against the elements that compromise the peace, stability, and security of the people.

What follows is the text of his letter:

“Her Excellency Michelle Bachelet

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights

Your Excellency,

I would like to inform you that in 2021, armed miscreants and smugglers have ramped up their movements and actions in the borders and central and eastern provinces of the Islamic Republic of Iran, leading to the martyrdom of a significant number of our altruist law enforcement personnel.

Receiving the names of about 40 of the bravest youths of my country (attached) who have been martyred 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 have prompted me as the Secretary-General of the High Council for Human Rights of the Islamic Republic of Iran to correspond with Your Excellency as the High Commissioner for Human Rights.

Madam High Commissioner,

The Islamic Republic of Iran has adopted a principled policy in the fight against all types of trafficking (drugs, human beings, 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.

In terms of counter-narcotics alone, more than 90% of opium, 72% of morphine, and 20% of heroin are seized worldwide by Iran. These discoveries have made Iran the primary standard-bearer of the fight against drugs.

It goes without saying that the national will of the Islamic Republic of Iran in the continuation of the above humanitarian policy has incurred heavy financial and human costs to my country, including, among others, the martyrdom of more than 3,800 thousand individuals and the injury of more than 12 thousand people of our law enforcement forces only in the field of counter-narcotic plans.

Although the actions of the Islamic Republic of Iran have been acknowledged by the international community and most countries in the world, unfortunately not only it has not received the necessary cooperation and support of other countries which is still the case, but also the paltry assistance offered by international organizations in most cases face politically-motivated excuses and selective, arbitrary treatments of some countries. There is no doubt that the sustained impassivity and silence of countries and organizations that happen to pretend to be the advocates of human rights, even concerning the most severe manifestations of human rights violations, cannot be found tenable by any legal and customary human rights standards and practices.

On the other hand, while in some cases we see the issuance of numerous statements by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights or Special Procedures in support of some criminals who have been tried in a fair trial, the big question arises as to why not a single statement is issued condemning the terrorist and armed acts against the law enforcement 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?

Your Excellency,

I expect you Madam Commissioner to prove the raison d’être of that important international mechanism by promoting its identity and standing and counter the instrumental, politicized, and selective approach in the field of human rights. Apart from condemning illegal and unilateral sanctions against the Iranian people, especially in providing the necessary equipment for the police forces in their unequal campaign against terrorist groups and international traffickers, as well as condemning the martyrdom of law enforcement personnel by these groups and traffickers and expressing sympathy with their families, you are expected to make countries and organizations uphold their responsibilities against the elements that compromise the peace, stability, and security of the people.

Kazem Gharibabadi

Secretary-General of the High Council for Human Rights

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