Iran: West not qualified to opine on human rights

FNA – Secretary of Iran’s Human Rights Council Mohammad Javad Larijani blasted the western states for supporting the terrorists and aggressors in the Middle-East region, and said they are not qualified to speak about human rights.

“In our view, the US and Europe are not qualified to speak about human rights issues for the crimes they have committed and therefore, we should have an active role in conceptual and structural reconstruction of human rights,” Larijani told reporters in Tehran on Saturday before leaving for Geneva to participate in the 37th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHCR) meeting.

“Today, thousands of people have been martyred in Yemen and hundreds of children are everyday being killed and millions of people are on the verge of fatal hunger, but those violating the rights of the Yemeni nation are extensively supported (by the West) and human rights allegations are raised against the defenders of Yemeni nation,” he added.

Larijani stressed the need for revealing war crimes in the world, and said that the same situation prevails in Syria and Iraq where the terrorists are supported by the West and in Bahrain, where people are being suppressed.

At least 15,700 people have been killed since the onset of Saudi Arabia’s military campaign against Yemen in 2015. Much of the country’s infrastructure, including hospitals, schools and factories, has been reduced to rubble due to the war.

The Saudi-led war has also triggered a deadly cholera epidemic across Yemen.

According to the World Health Organization’s latest tally, the cholera outbreak has killed 2,167 people since the end of April 2017 and is suspected to have infected 841,906.