Tehran Slams EU ‘Unacceptable’ Human Rights Statement

Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesperson slammed as ‘unacceptable’ the European Union’s e move to issue a joint statement against the Islamic Republic at the Human Rights Council.

“The Islamic Republic of Iran considers the European Union’s move to issue a joint statement at the Human Rights Council to be unacceptable,” Saeed Khatibzadeh said on Friday.

“Such a statement with a selective and baseless stance lacks validity and credibility,” the Iranian official said, adding that the EU statement fundamentally runs counter to the approach to promotion of human rights.

“Any abuse of the human rights mechanisms and interference in the internal affairs of Iran would be unacceptable,” Khatibzadeh was quoted as saying by Tasnim news agency.

“’It’s not anything new that some European states are silent and indifferent in the face of the gravest violations of human rights by themselves and their allies. They are competing with each other for the sale of billions of dollars in arms to Saudi Arabia and the region’s despots for the massacre of defenseless people of Yemen.”

“They (certain European states) describe the suppression of protestors, killing of black people, massacre of minorities, particularly the Muslims, the harassment and torture of prisoners and putting pressure on the migrants inside the EU borders as the enforcement of law, but at the same time call the judicial measures on the basis of the penal law made by the competent courts of the other countries a violation of human rights,” the Iranian spokesman stated.

The spokesman said that such behavior represents double standards, accusing this group of countries of not being sincere in advocating human rights.

“The development and promotion of human rights at the national, regional and international levels within the framework of religious commitments and in compliance with the Constitution, the domestic law and the international treaties have been always among Iran’s priorities, and it has practically committed itself to observing them,” the spokesman added, according to the Foreign Ministry’s website.

Khatibzadeh, meanwhile, advised the European governments that seek to propose their intentions in the guise of the European Union to seriously put the efforts to improve human rights among themselves and in their regional allies on agenda.

Source: Iranian media

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