Senior MP Raps US for Hypocritical Approach towards Human Rights


Senior Iranian parliamentary officials slammed US officials’ “politicized and biased” stances concerning Human Rights conditions in Iran, cautioning the US State Department officials that they should look for the worst type of human rights violations in their own country.

The remarks by Chairman of the parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Alaeddin Boroujerdi came in reaction to the recent comments of the Persian-language spokesman of the US Department of State Alan Eyre who said that “Washington’s concerns about Human Rights issues in Iran” will not be overcome after striking a comprehensive deal with Tehran.

“The Islamic Republic of Iran is seriously concerned about the Human Rights conditions in the US and it believes that Washington itself is the biggest violator of Human Rights in the world,” Boroujerdi told reporters on Monday.

The prominent Iranian lawmaker underlined that the US officials use Human Rights as a political leverage against Iran, and hence, their comments are not worth attention.

In relevant remarks last month, Iranian Government Spokesman Mohammad Baqer Nobakht underlined that the West is making an instrumental use of the Human Rights issues to attain its goals.

“Any of the foreign governments that claim to be advocates of Human Rights, it is just referring to its own nations and if necessary they will easily push aside other nations under different pretexts and sanction them,” Nobakht said, addressing a provincial meeting in Qazvin.

“When these states speak of human rights, they are just thinking of the rights of their own nations and advancing their own interests and they are ready to annihilate all nations through different means, such as sanctions and aerial bombings, to attain their goals,” he added.

Nobakht’s remarks came after the European Parliament in a recent meeting in Brussels approved a resolution against the human rights situation in Iran.

The Europeans’ move has angered officials in Tehran as it has been adopted after the western states voiced their consent and pleasure in the betterment of ties with Iran following a breakthrough deal over Tehran’s nuclear program.

The Iranian Foreign Ministry summoned Greek Ambassador to Tehran Nikolas Garilidis and expressed Tehran’s official protest against the EP resolution. Greece holds rotating presidency over the European Union (EU).

Speaking at a meeting with Garilidis, the director-general of West Europe affairs at the Iranian Foreign Ministry dismissed as “unacceptable and unrealistic” the European Parliament’s resolution which accuses Iran of human rights violations.