West’s stance on human rights tactical, not strategic

Tehran, Jan 12, IRNA – An adviser to the speaker of the Iranian Parliament (Majlis) has said West is looking to the human rights issue from a tactical and not a strategic angle.
“Sometimes West approaches the human rights issue from a negotiation point of view while there are some other times when it sees its interests are in danger and then manages to attack the country which is a human rights violator,” Majlis speaker’s adviser for International Affairs Hossein Sheikholeslam said on Monday.

He made the remarks while addressing a ceremony to unveil the second document on cases of human rights violations in the United States in 2014. The gathering was held in Tehran University’s Faculty of Law and Political Sciences.

There are sometimes when West even introduces itself as a human rights advocate, Sheikhoeslam said noting that the crimes made by US in Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria have been committed under the pretext of the fight against terrorism.

They (Western states) attack Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria in the name of an anti-terrorism campaign while at the same time they close their eyes on crimes made by Daesh (ISIS) and Al-Nusra Front (a branch of al-Qaeda operating in Syria and Lebanon) terrorists in those countries and when those terrorists play football with the heads of their decapitated victims, Sheikholeslam said.

He added, the human rights issue would never be settled as long as it is being used as a political tool in the hands of the US.

The official noted that the rich humanitarian culture and civilization of Iranians and Muslims have rooted in their Islamic teachings while a study in Western history will indicate that it is full of the barbaric acts of Europeans and Vikings.



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