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Qaraqi’ said during the national day of Palestinian campaign to retrieve martyrs’ bodies said that “Israel is the major harvesting and trading centre in the world.”
The minister said that Israel holds the remains of Palestinian martyrs “to conceal the crimes it committed against the martyrs bodies and to punish their families.” “Holding of the martyrs’ remains for many years cats doubts and accusations that Israel assassinated them after detention or harvested their organs,” the minister said.
He added that “Israel is holding the remains of 338 Arab and Palestinian fighters in the secret Israeli cemeteries known as the Cemeteries of Numbers.”
Qaraqi' added that the Israeli authorities holding them in four cemeteries: One on the Israel-Lebanon-Syria border, two in the Jordan Valley and the fourth near Tiberias Lake.
On December 2009, the chief Israeli pathologist and the director of the Institute of Forensic Medicine at Abu Kabir, Professor Yehuda Hiss, admitted of harvesting parts from the bodies of dead Palestinians without the consent of their families.
Hiss said that he and doctors who worked under him took parts from the dead skins, their corneas and heart valves in the 90’s for transplantation. He also admitted that the same parts were taken from dead Israelis for the same purpose.
Hiss’ remarks came in an interview with Nancy Sheppard-Hughes, a professor of anthropology at the University of California-Berkeley who tracks the organ trade worldwide. The one-hour interview was recorded in 2000 as part of Sheppard-Hughes’ study at Abu Kabir and was broadcasted by the Israeli Channel 1 television on Friday night.
The report said that Sheppard-Hughes decided to publish the interview after the leading Swedish daily Aftonbladet reported on August of the same year that Israeli soldiers killed Palestinians in order to trade in their organs.
The Israeli pathologist said that “the skins were taken from the bodies and transmitted to Hadasah hospital in Jerusalem under the request of Israeli army to be transplanted to sounded soldiers and in case of disaster.”
On last July, the head of Palestinian Civil Affairs Commission Hussein Al-Sheikh said that Israel will hand over the remains of 84 fighters to the Palestinian Authority within days.
Israeli security sources confirmed that talks on the matter have been held but that no agreement had been reached.
Thursday, July 21, 2011
“At a time when Arab doors are closing on Israel as a result of the Arab revolution, the idea that the Maldives, an entirely Muslim country, would open the door for El Al, the Israeli national carrier, and bring the Israeli flag into their country, and bring the Mossad and all the attendants who will come with it, is just absurd to me,” said Galloway.
He added that Israeli flights would be “a Trojan horse for the Maldives.”
“You will be bringing Israel into your country at a time when most civilised people are trying to get Israel out of their country,” he continued.
“So I very much hope the people of the Maldives will rally behind the campaign to stop this infiltration of the country by this Zionist settler state. The blood of the Palestinian people for 63 or 64 years now is on this project and nobody should want to share in this blood.”
In April this year, the religious conservative Adhaalath party threatened to terminate its coalition agreement with the ruling Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) in protest if Israeli flights are allowed to commence flights to the country.
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Sunday, July 3, 2011
The United Nations Human Rights Council has recently designated former Maldives foreign minister Ahmed Shaheed as the Special Rapporteur to investigate the human rights situation in the Islamic Republic of Iran.
From Iran’s perspective, the decision to appoint a UN Special Rapporteur in this case clearly shows that the UN has adopted a politicized approach toward the human rights issue, which is by no means accepted by the Iranian government.
Iran’s official policy is opposed to any effort to use the human rights issue as political leverage because such an approach runs contrary to the true nature of human rights.
Over the past few decades, the Islamic Republic of Iran has played an effective role at international conferences and meetings on human rights. Moreover, Iran has submitted numerous reports on the human rights situation in the country to the UN Human Rights Council. There is also a good deal of interaction between Iran and the governments of influential countries, such as Denmark and Japan, on the issue of human rights.
Iran plans to engage more in this area, and has positively cooperated with various governments on the issue, with Denmark being the latest example. A Danish delegation recently made a trip to Iran and met with officials tasked with addressing the issue of human rights and a number of Iranian scholars. They were surprised by Iran’s Islamic ideology, which places emphasis on the rights of various classes of people, including women and children.
Therefore, the new wave of political pressure imposed on Iran, in the form of various UN resolutions, is totally unacceptable and unjustified, and the Iranian government cannot agree to further cooperation under such political pressure, and neither would any other government in the world.
Based on the general policy of the Islamic Republic of Iran, which has been officially announced by the parliament’s Human Rights Committee, the Iranian government is not ready to allow the designated UN Special Rapporteur to visit the country because it is against the will of the Iranian people.
Iran’s message to the UN and the international community is that the country does not do anything under Western political pressure. This also applies to Iran’s nuclear program, which has made numerous breakthroughs despite all the pressure and sanctions imposed on the country.
Defending human rights based on the pure principles of Islam is regarded as one of the main duties of the Iranian government.
In line with this policy, the Iranian parliament is also trying to improve its position on the human rights issue, and Iranian MPs will try to increase the level of their diplomatic communication with their counterparts in other parliaments of the world. This policy can show the world the true picture of human rights in Iran.
MP Zohreh Elahian is the chairperson of the Majlis Human Rights Committee.
Monday, June 20, 2011
TEHRAN - The Human Rights Committee of the Iranian parliament has decided to take measures to prohibit the entry of the newly appointed United Nations Special Rapporteur on Iran, MP Mohammad-Karim Abedi announced on Sunday.
On June 17, the UN Human Rights Council appointed former Maldivian foreign minister Ahmed Shaheed as Special Rapporteur on human rights situation in Iran.
On March 24, 2011, the UN Human Rights Council voted to appoint a special rapporteur to look into the situation in Iran.
In a U.S.-backed resolution adopted with 22 votes in favor, seven against and 14 abstentions, the 47-member council said the rapporteur would report to both the council and to the General Assembly.
Speaking to reporters on Sunday, Abedi said during the most recent meeting of the committee, it was emphasized that this person should not be allowed to enter the country.
Abedi, deputy chairperson of the Majlis Human Rights Committee, also said that the United States, Britain, and the Zionist regime are the greatest violators of human rights, and it would be better if the UN look into their human rights cases.
In addition, he pointed to the UN Fact Finding Mission’s report on war crimes committed by Israel during its 2008-2009 military offensive in Gaza, saying the UN failed to deal with the Zionist regime.
The Iranian lawmaker also said that the United States and Britain have dark human rights record as well.
MP Zohreh Elahian also said that Iran will not allow the UN Special Rapporteur to carry out his mission in the country.
Elahian, chairperson of the Majlis Human Rights Committee, made the remarks during a speech at the open session of the Majlis on Sunday.
The Islamic Republic of Iran full well knows the hidden agenda behind the human rights resolution that were adopted against it and will not bow to political pressure being exerted by certain other countries, she stated.
Elahian also said Iran has respect for the appointed rapporteur, who is a Muslim, but Iran is ready to welcome him as a tourist