Judiciary Official Criticizes EP Resolution

Judiciary Official Criticizes EP Resolution

A judiciary human rights official on Wednesday criticized the European Parliament's recent resolution on the EU strategy toward Iran, stressing that the judiciary will not permit the establishment of an EU delegation in Tehran.
The European Parliament passed a resolution on Tuesday on the EU strategy toward Iran after last year's nuclear agreement between Tehran and major powers.
Head of Iran's Human Rights Council Mohammad Javad Larijani said there are flaws in the resolution, though it has defined areas of cooperation with Iran in various fields, Tasnim News Agency reported.
Larijani chided the EP for commenting on human rights in Iran, saying they "lack the competence" to tell Iran to correct its conduct, while there are numerous cases of violence and violation of human rights in Europe.
As regards the EU plans to establish an office in Tehran, he said it would not be a big deal as long as the office deals with trade and business, but "they have announced that they want to make close contacts with human rights advocates and NGOs inside our country after the establishment of such an office to uphold human rights" in Iran.
"They should know that the judiciary will definitely not allow the establishment of such a den of corruption in Iran," he said.
The resolution has welcomed "the steps taken by the European External Action Service for the establishment of an EU Delegation in Tehran", saying "EU-Iran relations should be developed through multi-layered dialogue involving political, diplomatic, economic, academic, technical and people-to-people contacts that include civil society actors, NGOs and human rights defenders."

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