UN human rights meeting is 'disgraceful and appalling':Iran

Nov 24 (Reuters) - Iran's representative on Thursday defended the country's human rights record at a meeting of the U.N. Human Rights Council where its role in repressing recent protests is under scrutiny.

"The Islamic Republic of Iran deeply regrets that the Human Rights Council is abused once again by some arrogant States to antagonise a sovereign UN Member State that is fully committed to its obligation to promote and protect the human rights," said Deputy of the Vice President for Women and Family Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Khadijeh Karimi, in a speech to the Geneva-based body.

"Reducing the common cause of human rights to a tool for political purposes of specific groups of Western countries, is appalling and disgraceful," she added. (Reporting by Emma Farge Editing by Paul Carrel)