By Iran Probe Staff
Monday, 26 February 2018
Last night in a press release,Nikki Haley, the US ambassador to the United Nations, condemned the scheduled speech by the Iranian minister of justice, Alireza Avaie, in the United Nations Human Rights Council this week. She declared, “The Human Rights Council should be ashamed to allow Mr. Avaei to address its membership”
“Yet again, the Council discredits itself by allowing serial human rights abusers to highjack its work and make a mockery of its mandate to promote universal human rights. This does nothing but reinforce the United States’ call for much needed reforms at the Council for it to be viewed as a good investment of our time and money,” US Ambassador to the United Nations added.
Alireza Avaei is among some 100-government ministers and other dignitaries from around the world due to address the opening of the United Nations Human Rights Council's main annual session.
Alireza Avaei is one of the perpetrators of the 1988 massacre of political prisoners in Iran and a member of the “Death Commission” in Khuzestan Province. He sent many political prisoners to execution during the massacre. Between 1979 and 1988, he was also the General and Revolutionary Prosecutor in Dezful and Ahvaz, where he was involved in the execution of political prisoners in the 1980s.
'Allowing Avaei to address the Human Rights Council is disgraceful and would make a mockery of the United Nations and its human rights mechanisms,' said Shahin Gobadi, a member of the National Council of Resistance of Iran.