Chief judge condemns EU ‘interference’ in human rights as arrogance

Ayatollah Sadeq Larijani denies Iran executes juveniles or persecutes Bahá’ís and accuses west of spreading promiscuity.

The chief of Iran’s judiciary has accused the EU of spreading homosexuality and promiscuity in the country after the European parliament warned human rights abuses have continued under Hassan Rouhani’s new administration.

Ayatollah Sadeq Larijani, who heads the Islamic Republic’s powerful judicial system, defended Tehran’s record on human rights on Wednesday, denying it had executed juveniles or imprisoned Bahá’í citizens on the basis of their religious faith.

To the dismay of Iranian leaders, the European parliament passed a resolution last week which condemned “continued, systematic violation of fundamental rights” in Iran and urged diplomats to put a spotlight on human rights in their negotiations with the Islamic republic. Iran has reacted angrily to the declaration, with its foreign ministry describing it as “unfounded and unacceptable”.

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