Iran on Wednesday rejects the latest United Nations report on human rights in the country, describing it as “biased and political”.
The UN’s top expert on the human rights in Iran Ahmed Shaheed told its Human Rights Council on Monday that the executions in the country were at "the highest rate in over two decades," with at least 966 people in 2015, when compared to last year with 753 people.
Shaheed said that "at least 73 juvenile offenders were reportedly executed between 2005 and 2015" and 16 of them in the past two years alone.
"At least 160 others are awaiting the same fate on death row," he told the UN's top rights body.
The UN’s report drew a strong reaction in Tehran.
Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Hossein Jaber Ansari said in a statement that the UN Special Rapporteur’s report on Iran is “biased, discriminatory and prepared with political motives”.
"Through exploiting international human rights mechanisms," the report "reduces human rights to a political dispute," Ansari said.
Iran is "committed to its obligations with regards to promotion of human rights in compliance with the constitution and religious values" and is preparing a charter on citizens rights, he added.
Global rights watchdog Amnesty International slammed Iran as the world’s most prolific executioner of offenders convicted of committing crimes as juveniles in a report released in January.
Shaheed also underlined a legal loophole that allows Iranian judges to assume full criminal responsibility and accordingly punish girls as young as nine and boys at around 15.
Shaheed called on the Iranian government to raise the age of criminal responsibility to 18 years and equalise it regardless of gender.