Violators of nations’ rights cannot lecture others on human rights: Iran

Tehran has dismissed the credibility of a politically-biased resolution against Iran that was narrowly adopted by the Human Rights Council, saying those who infringe upon the rights of other nations are not entitled to lecture about human rights, and must be held to account for their own gross abuses.

Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said in remarks on Wednesday that certain European countries had been behind the resolution, which was passed owing to “ill-founded, nonconsensual, and internationally illegitimate votes.”

On March 23, the final day of the 46th regular session of the Human Rights Council, the Council adopted the resolution by a vote of 21 in favor, 12 against and 14 abstentions, and extended the mandate of the special rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Iran, Javaid Rehman, for a year.

The countries that voted ‘yes’ mainly included the European states and governments considered as vassal states for Western powers such as Fiji, the Marshal Islands, and Bahrain.