Judiciary chief: US lies about human rights blown by Washington’s support for suppression of Yemeni, Bahraini people

TEHRAN (FNA)- Washington’s support for the suppression of the Bahraini nation and war on Yemen revealed its lies about advocacy of human rights, Iran’s Judiciary Chief Sadeq Amoli Larijani said on Tuesday.

“The US and Europe’s lies about (supporting) human rights” were unveiled; “they support attacks against the Bahraini and Yemeni people, all of them are war crimes”, Amoli Larijani said, addressing a ceremony in Tehran today.

He described human rights as an instrument in the hands of the superpowers and the international organizations to put pressure on independent countries like Iran, and questioned the situation of human rights in the US and Saudi Arabia and Bahrain which are both Washington’s allies.

Saudi Arabia, backed by the US and certain Arab states, launched its military aggression against Yemen in March 2015 in a bid to reinstate Fugitive President Mansour Hadi. More than 9,800 Yemeni people have been killed and at least 16,000 others injured in the aggression.

Since mid-February 2011, Bahrain, a close ally of the US in the Persian Gulf region, has been witnessing almost daily protests demanding that the ruling family relinquish power.

The Al Khalifa regime is engaged in a harsh crackdown on dissent and widespread discrimination against the country’s Shia majority. Scores of people have been killed and hundreds of others injured or arrested in the island country.

Earlier this month, the government suspended the main Shia opposition party, al-Wefaq, accusing it of having links to foreign terrorists and inciting hatred. Sheikh Ali Salman, al-Wefaq’s secretary-general, was arrested in 2014 on charges of inciting violence. His sentence was doubled to nine years on appeal last month.

The cabinet decided to revoke the citizenship of Sheikh Isa, an indigenous Bahraini who applied for nationality to get a passport in the 1960s, after a presentation by the interior ministry. The lack of judicial oversight raised concerns among rights groups.

Stripping the nationality of dissidents has become a popular tool for Persian Gulf Arab littoral states battling domestic dissent, such as Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates, where nationality is perceived by many as a privilege not a right.

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights says more than 250 Bahrainis have been stripped of their nationality for alleged disloyalty.

By Fars News Agency