With killing of Iranian-American, Iran turns tables on US

Al-Monitor- Having been on the receiving end of a human rights focus, mainly initiated by the United States and Western Europe, Iran has turned the tables and is demanding answers regarding the police shooting of an unarmed Iranian-American man in Virginia.

Bijan Ghaisar died Nov. 27 after having spent 10 days on life support. His family said that police shot Ghaisar three times in the head. Witnesses told The Washington Post that they saw police approach his vehicle and open fire. Police said that Ghaisar’s car was involved in a hit and run earlier. US Park Police, which was involved in the shooting, handed the investigation over to the FBI. The family says that they still have not received any information regarding the shooting.

Iran’s High Council for Human Rights, which is affiliated with the Judiciary of the Islamic Republic of Iran and headed by Mohammad Javad Larijani, issued this statement on Ghaisar’s death: “The council condemns the death of Bijan Ghaisar at the hands of American police, which has a dark track record of repeated shootings against unarmed individuals. The American government has to answer for this murder and must explain to the world public opinion about the matter.”

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