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‘We’re happy to talk human rights,’ UK tells Iran

Britain extends invite after Iran President blasts police brutality in London riots

‘We’re happy to talk human rights,’ UK tells Iran
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad attacked the "savage" aggression against rioters in London

Britain told Iran on Thursday it was happy to discuss its
handling of street unrest after President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad accused its
police of "savage" aggression against demonstrators.

Britain helped lead Western condemnation of Iran's crackdown
on protests against Ahmadinejad's re-election in June 2009. He was quick on
Wednesday to criticise the British police's "crushing attack" on
unarmed citizens.

In a letter to Iran's Foreign Ministry, Britain's top
diplomat in Tehran said she hoped such openness would encourage Tehran to allow
a UN-appointed investigator looking into alleged human rights violations in
Iran to enter the country.

"I would remind you that the UK has a standing
invitation to all UN special rapporteurs and has facilitated the visits of a
number of these rapporteurs to the UK in recent years," British Charge
d'Affaires Jane Marriott wrote, noting that Ahmadinejad had called for the United
Nations to condemn Britain's action.

"I urge the Iranian government to extend a similar
courtesy to the dedicated UN special rapporteur for the Islamic Republic of
Iran, Ahmed Shaheed, to enable him to address the international community's
grave concerns about ongoing human rights violations within Iran."

The UN Human Rights Council voted in March to nominate a
special rapporteur for Iran to look into its crackdown on the opposition and
frequent use of the death penalty.

Iran has so far declined to allow Shaheed, a former Maldives
foreign minister, to visit.

Eight people were killed in protests against Ahmadinejad's
disputed re-election in 2009. Two people were shot dead in Tehran on Feb. 14
this year during the first opposition demonstration for more than a year.

Four people have been killed in the riots over the last few
days in Britain which were initially sparked by the police shooting of a man.
Three of the victims were killed when a car drove into them while trying to
protect their area from rioters.

Libya, where Britain is involved in a military campaign
against leader Muammar Gaddafi after his forces turned on rebels earlier this
year, also criticised Britain's response to the riots and called on Prime
Minister David Cameron to step down.

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Jane 9 years ago

Savage?? The british police have been incredible throughout the riots showing amazing restraint with 100's of criminals who were rioting - in their own words - to 'show the police they can do what they want as they want to steal from businesses'. I don't know how Iran dare try to lecture the UK on human rights, the riots in the UK were nothing to do with human rights, these were blatant criminals stealing, setting fires, mugging, killing & destroying property for no good reason - that has nothing to do with human rights....& lets not forget the man that was shot by the police before the riots started was illegally carrying a gun, if he was innocent of any crime what was he doing with a fire arm illegally in his possession? The police are quite entitled to defend themselves if they perceive a threat when someone is carrying an illegal weapon - which is exactly what happened.

Iqbal Tamimi-Director of Arab Women Media Watch/UK 9 years ago

There is a great difference between what has been happening lately in UK and what happened in Iran. The hooligans who destroyed properties and attacked innocent people on UK streets were NOT demonstrators, they had no demands or political agenda. They did not request anything from the government. They acted out of aggression only, unlike the rioters in Iran who had identified legitimate demands of democracy and human rights. UK's government accepts willingly the right of people to question its actions through the parliamentary system and can be openly criticized by the media, unlike Iran where censorship is airtight and criticizing the government policies is considered a crime almost like blasphemy.

abdulaziz 9 years ago

Mr Cameron, how would you differentiate your cruelty to your constituent demonstrators with your support for the rebellion against Khadafy.

Telcoguy 9 years ago

The most amazing thing is that you believe your own rhetoric.
Do you care to compare the measures used by the British police with the measures used by gadaffi's army?

Jane 9 years ago

What has Gaddafi got to do with what UK demonstrators are doing?? And what cruelty, according to you, has the UK PM committed other than being too soft on the UK society allowing human rights to overrule criminal acts?? The police in the UK bearly have any powers, they used hardly any force in the riots other than arresting these criminals who were setting fires to homes, businesses and breaking into shops looting, mugging people and being viotent to innocent people...you want to know what a lot of these rioters are saying as the reason they did this...because they didn't think it was fair that they could not afford the items (expensve electrical goods etc) looted, you know why they can't afford them, because a large majority skipped school out of choice so are uneducated and many refuse to work. In life we all sacrifice and we can not just all have what we want because we feel like it, that is not the same as libya.

Hubert Adelbrecht 9 years ago

You reap what you sow and what comes around goes around. Nobody will ever forget the invasion of Iraq by the barbarian British, divine justice I say!

charles 9 years ago

very easy to differentiate abdulaziz: no bombs, no cannons, no high velocity rifles, no handgranades etc. targeted at the local populace. Unlike in Libya where it is the complete reverse.
There is nothing as blind as people who do not see abdulaziz.

Jane 9 years ago

Ugh sorry but the British were not the ones who started the Gulf war in Iraq, that was George W Bush, the president of the USA who presented misinformation to European nations about Iraq having weapons of mass destruction....if anyone is to blame for that invasion it is not the British it is the American government. While I do not agree with went on in Iraq I think if the British PM was guilty of anything at the time it was for being nieve and stupid enough to believe the intellegance information given to them by the Americans.

SA 9 years ago

When there is trouble in East / Mid-east.... the West is quick to supply the rebels with Arms / Ammo through various channels....and then small protests turns into ugly mess.

I wonder how such Ammo will look like in the hands of this Brits Kids... they are already very dangerous without them.

The Consultant 9 years ago

You are quite right Hubert, the British went about Iraq all wrong. They should have had Bomber Harris in charge, he knew how to deal with the enemy properly....