Six days after hanging crime victim, Iran defends its human rights record before UN panel
Published October 31, 2014

Iran lashed out at critics of its abysmal human rights record at a U.N. hearing Friday, blaming the West for Saturday?s execution of a woman who killed her attempted rapist, and receiving support from a host of countries with dubious records of their own.

The Islamic Republic?s rebuttal of a damning report from the U.N. special rapporteur on human rights in Iran came during a three hour review in Geneva of the U.N. Human Rights Council of Tehran's record. The debate was part of the U.N. council's examination of every member state's record every four years.

?This idea of, ?the West and the rest, only the West has good things,? this is wrong,? Mohammad Javad Larijani, chief of human rights in Iran?s government, told the world body panel. ?Please accept the idea that others have a good way of life. Western lifestyle isn?t only way of doing things.?

Larijani, secretary general of Iran's High Council for Human Rights, a part of its judiciary, lashed out at what he called attempts to "impose your lifestyle under the banner of human rights," including gay rights.

But the panel also heard from Ahmed Shaheed, the world body's special rapporteur on human rights in Iran, who filed a report charging 852 people were executed in the Islamic Republic over the last year, mostly for drug offenses, homosexuality and alleged crimes against sharia law. Western diplomats were appalled at Iran?s persecution of Christians and disregard for due process...