TEHRAN: Iran said yesterday that it had rejected fresh requests by Ahmed Shaheed, the UN’s monitor for human rights in the Islamic republic, to assess the situation on the ground.
“We unfortunately do not consider Ahmed Shaheed to be an impartial rapporteur,” foreign ministry spokesman Abbas Araqchi said during his weekly briefing with reporters in Tehran, Iranian media reported.
Araqchi said Tehran had received two official letters from Shaheed requesting access to assess the human rights situation in the country.
But such a visit, he said, would not happen as long as Shaheed “continues his trend of writing unfair reports about Iran.”
Tehran has so far refused to let Shaheed visit the country since being appointed as the UN’s monitor for human rights in Iran in 2011, and has responded to only a handful of official requests for information.