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Iran official calls for UN investigation of CIA torture

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Long a target of human rights sanctions, Iran has called for a UN investigation into human rights violations by the United States.

Iran is one of the most heavily sanctioned countries in the world. A number of the most crippling sanctions are imposed by the United States and the UN Security Council over Iran’s nuclear program. However, there are also a number of US sanctions against senior Iranian officials over human rights violations, and in August 2011, the United Nations also created a mandate for Special Rapporteur Ahmed Shaheed to “monitor and investigate” human rights violations by Iran.

But Iran was given an opportunity to strike back at US officials after the US Senate Intelligence Committee published a report Dec. 9 revealing the CIA’s secret interrogations of suspected terrorists in the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

An Iranian parliament member has called for a special rapporteur from the United Nations to investigate the Senate report. At the same time, Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei accused the West over Twitter of double standards and hypocrisy, and Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokeswoman condemned the CIA's actions.

Mohammad Saleh Jokar, a member of parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy committee, which typically holds hard-line positions, told Tasnim News Agency, “The Senate’s CIA report is the final bullet in American human rights.”

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Jokar added, “American officials will try to pin this fiasco that was brought on by the CIA on other countries, but today, it’s become clear to the world that the biggest violator of human rights is America.” He continued, “America is not only one of the violators of human rights, but has supported some of the biggest dictators in the world, and this, too, is another mark of shame on America’s forehead.”

Jokar said, “The United Nations, which assigned Ahmed Shaheed to spy on Iran, should now come and say what has happened in America. They should request that the Security Council investigate the events that took place under the CIA,” adding, “The UN must appoint a special rapporteur to investigate the torture under America’s spy agency.”

The office of Iran’s supreme leader also sounded off on the Senate report in a series of English-language tweets Dec. 10, the UN’s Human Rights Day, by quoting his own previous statements.

The first, a reference to the US military prison in Guantanamo Bay and former US President George W. Bush, who was president when the CIA’s so-called “enhanced interrogation techniques” came into use, read, “Any noble man would feel the sweat of shame about #GTMO; then-US Pres. order on torture is shameful. #TortureReport #HumanRightsDay. 1/03/08”

Another tweet read, “They claim #humanrights & trample its basics in their prisons, in interactions [with] nations & even [with] their own [people]. #TortureReport #Ferguson 2/8/10." Still another read, “Look at how humanity is being treated by dominant powers [with] flashy propaganda & in the name of #humanrights,democracy&freedom. #TortureReport"

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Found in: us-iranian relations, un security council, torture, iran sanctions, iran, human rights violations, guantanamo, cia

Arash Karami is a contributor to Al-Monitor. On Twitter: @thekarami

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