US Report on Iranian Human Rights ‘Invalid’

Iran rejected the US State Department’s annual report on its human rights situation, saying Washington is in no position to issue human rights prescription for other countries.
In a statement on Friday, Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Abbas Mousavi said Washington lacks any political, legal and ethical eligibility to comment about the issue of human rights.
“A regime whose president proudly issues the order to assassinate the most decent children of Iran, and his accomplices … shamelessly host the most hated anti-Iran terrorist groups and attend their meetings, has nothing to do with the elevated concept of human rights,” the spokesman was quoted as saying by IRNA.
Mousavi was referring to the US assassination of the Middle East’s most prominent anti-terror commander, General Qasem Soleimani, and American support for the MKO group that Washington has removed from its list of terrorist organizations only to spite Tehran.    
The spokesman said the US, whose president “recklessly makes racist remarks, shamelessly defends religious discrimination, degrades women and considers them solely as an object of sexual pleasure, denies entry to the people of other countries into the US solely based on their religion and race, recklessly threatens to destroy the cultural centers of other countries, backs the murderous Saudi regime and the anti-human Zionist regime, is not in a position to offer human rights recipes to other countries."
Mousavi said such reports are based on a series of lies, distortion of realities, exaggeration of weak points and blackwashing of positive points, hence they have no value and credibility.
His comments came in reaction to the US State Department’s annual review of human rights situation in Iran, which was released on March 11, 2020.
In the report, the US State Department claimed that the Islamic Republic had committed abuse “as a matter of government policy”, with impunity for perpetrators “throughout all levels of the government and security forces”.
The UN Human Rights Council, however, on Thursday adopted a report that profusely praised the Islamic Republic following a mandatory human rights review that all UN member states undergo every five years.
According to a UN Watch count, 95 out of 111 countries, or 85%, praised Iran for its human rights achievements.
This included 49 countries that glowingly praised the Islamic Republic and another 46 that expressed some praise for Iran’s achievements.
Only a small minority of 16 nations used their brief speaking time to raise allegations against Iran’s human rights record.


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