Human rights have become a political tool: HR official

Iran’s Judiciary Deputy for International Affairs and the Secretary of High Council for Human Rights Kazem Gharibabadi expressed regret that human rights have become a political good and instrument to exert pressure on countries like Iran.

In response to the report of the United Nations special rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran, Gharibabadi called the report a political and deflective, saying that the world was suffering from the injustice stemming from the policies of the so-called human rights defenders in the West and the US and that Iran itself was a victim of human rights violation by those states.

Gharibabadi expressed regret that human rights have become a political good and tool to apply pressure over independent developing countries like Iran, making human a victim.

He slammed the so-called defenders of human rights for keeping silent on terrorist acts against the Iranian nation and its scientists and also the cruel sanctions which constitute a gross violation of human rights.

HCHR Secretary called for addressing such violations of international law and human rights by Western countries and the situation of human rights in those states.

He called the report of the United Nations special rapporteur a biased one that has overlooked the progresses in human rights situation and focused only on false claims by terrorist groups.

The official castigated countries like the US, Canada, the UK, and Sweden for their abuse of human rights mechanisms, criticizing the situation of human rights in those countries.

Instead of covering up their anti-human rights measures by focusing on countries like Iran, Gharibabadi recommended, these countries had better focus on progressing human rights situation in their own territories.

The Islamic Republic of Iran is always moving towards improvement of human rights situation because of religious teachings, not international requirements, or political reports, he said.

 

Source: IRNA