Iran’s UN Human Rights Envoy Questions Holocaust
UN Watch expressed outrage at Iran’s questioning of the Holocaust in a letter to UN Human Rights Council President Luis de Alba that was released today. [Click for Iran letter.] The Geneva-based human rights monitoring organization called on President de Alba and Human Rights High Commissioner Louise Arbour to strongly condemn what is only the latest offence in Iran’s ongoing campaign to both deny the Nazi genocide of six million Jews and incite a new genocide through President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s repeated calls to “wipe Israel off the map.”

The letter from Alireza Moayeri, Iran’s envoy to the Human Rights Council and other UN agencies in Geneva, defends the December state-sanctioned conference in Tehran featuring former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke and others as “an academic event.” According to Moaveri, “the number of perished” is a particularly “legitimate question,” and there are “serious opposing ideas over the issue.”