|Ayatollah Mesbah Yazdi ~ "Democracy, freedom, and human rights have no place" in Islamic theology.'|
Iran has labeled "political" the decision of the top U.N. human rights body to appoint an investigator to monitor human rights abuses in that country.
A spokesman for the Iranian foreign ministry said Friday the decision is "unjust, unjustifiable, and totally political." He said the move is meant to divert attention from human rights violations in the West, particularly in the United States.
The Geneva-based U.N. Human Rights Council approved the resolution Thursday with 22 votes in favor, seven against and 14 abstentions. Four of the 47 member-nations did not vote.
The council expressed concern over Iran's crackdown on opposition figures, its increased use of the death penalty and other abuses.
Iran is not a member of the council and has not admitted international human rights experts into the country for at least a decade.
Some excepts from a top iranian clerics speech on human rights v Islamic law:
Hardline Shiite cleric and the spiritual and religious father of members of the administration said during a speech he delivered at ayatollah Khamenei's office in the city of Qom that opponents to the rule of the Islamic republic supreme leader are "moharebs" [enemies of God] and that "Democracy, freedom, and human rights have no place" in Islamic theology.
Mesbah Yazdi, who is also a member of the Association of Teachers of Qom Theological Center (Jame Modaresin Hoze Elmie Qom), declared that the imposition of "Islamic laws are mandatory following submission,' adding, "Some say, we are Muslims and want to implement Islamic laws. Executive work and management also requires an Imam, and when people submit to their Imam, and an Islamic government was established, and the holy order has materialized, if, after that, someone protested, he must be confronted and put in his place. Also, implementing Islamic laws requires implementing Islamic penal laws. If someone is a thief, his hand must be amputated, and this is not a place to back down for cultural reasons against people who promote corruption."
Mesbah Yazdi also clarified his definition of a "mohareb," noting, "Private behavior is a separate topic, but if they openly come to the streets and scream, or if someone attacks people with a weapon, here there is no more room for advice; because someone who carries a weapon and is attacking people is a mohareb, and a mohareb is punished by death or amputation of hand and feet or exile, depending on the ruler's determination. Here we can't bring in ... freedom or democracy or human rights, because this is not the place to talk about those things." [+]
Just Iran and nothing to do with the rest of the Muslim world ~ expect that they have the Cairo Declaration of Human Rights ~ which places obedience to Islam above humanity.
In Washington, White House National Security Adviser Tom Donilon welcomed the decision as "a historic milestone that reaffirms the global consensus and alarm about the dismal state of human rights in Iran."
The U.N. Human Rights Council was established in 2006 as a successor to the widely criticized U.N. Commission on Human Rights. The United States became a member in 2009.