US, Iran, and Human Rights: Punches Were Thrown and Threats Were Made
WASHINGTON, DC – March 18, 2019
Iran’s negative human rights reputation deteriorated yet further in 2018.
This is evidenced by one of the conclusions of the latest report on the global human rights situation, annually published by the US State Department in accordance with the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
It is important for us to know these things and remember them. The international community does not stand for this type of behavior from any state, and we should not make an exception for Iran.
“We will engage with any nation prepared to take a stand with us against the chaos and brutality that Iran imposes on its citizens and spreads in spades around the world. We know many countries share our concerns and our yearnings for a more secure and stable the Middle East, as well as a freer Iran. We encourage nations and businesses across the world to examine the record enclosed here, and answer the call to address the challenge of Iran head-on,“ said Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, announcing the publication of a report on Iran and about 200 other countries.
“We will work in concert with our allies and partners to deter Iranian aggression. We will continue to advocate for the Iranian people,” he added.
The report says that the Iranian government has strengthened its tough tactics against peaceful demonstrators in response to the 2018 national protests. Human rights organizations have reported the death of at least 30 protesters and thousands of arrests and suspicious deaths of persons detained by the police.
Instead of investigating and bringing to justice officials who have committed abuses, the Iranian regime has attributed these crimes to routine public policy issues, the report says.
The regime also contributed to human rights abuses in countries outside Iran, including arming and supporting terrorist groups in Syria, Iraq, and Yemen.
“The policy of cruelty that the regime has applied to the Iranian people for more than 40 years continues,” Pompeo said.
The report says the situation has worsened in Iran, while Iran believes that the US, in its annual reports, under the pretext of examining the situation of human rights in different countries, is using this tool to achieve its political objectives, including outside the field of human rights.
In this regard, the official spokesman for the Iranian Foreign Ministry, Bahram Kazemi, in response to the annual report, stated that the US government is the largest violator of human rights in relation to the Iranian nation and, using illegal, unilateral and cross-border sanctions, did not fail to act in violation of the rights of Iranian citizens.
A spokesman for the Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs stressed that despite the unilateral approach and the adoption of policies and practices that are contrary to international human rights standards, as well as disregard for the decisions of international courts and the views of United Nations representatives and reporters on human rights, the US continues its policy of intimidation and deception, using a human rights instrument to achieve purely political goals, and to pressure and undermine the stability, security and development of independent countries.
Kasemi added that the cases mentioned in the report are biased and incorrect with respect to some events in Iran. The United States is not competent in this since they themselves have serious human rights violations inside and outside their borders and have always been the target of harsh criticism of many governments, public opinion, and non-governmental organizations, human rights activists, the United Nations, and its special rapporteurs even inside the United States.
According to the Iranians, the human rights document was made to promote the policy of the West in legal matters. This view of human rights led to the involvement of Western countries in the internal affairs of other countries, including Iran. The Islamic Republic of Iran, acting independently in the international arena, has become the goal of a human rights company. In other words, the issue of human rights has become a platform for Western anti-Iranian propaganda. The choice of a special rapporteur on human rights in Iran and the political position on this issue are within this framework.
In this context, Iranian experts and politicians cite numerous facts and assessments of the situation both in the US and in EU countries, in particular in France, which they believe are a clear indication of widespread human rights violations in these countries, and disclosing facts indicates an increase in abuse by the West countries in the field of human rights.
In particular, it is noted that the continued support of the West, especially of the US, the bloody war of the Saudi coalition in Yemen, the neglect of the murder of journalist-critic of the Saudi regime Jamal Khashoggi, the massacre of the Palestinian people in the light of political and military support for the Zionists, are just some examples of the dual approach of the West to the issue of human rights.
Mohammad Javad Larijani, Secretary of the Human Rights Office of the Iranian judiciary, said that Iran has a very transparent human rights policy based on positive interaction, presence, and active accountability, and said that Iran has “extensive experience in human rights issues.”
According to him, the Islamic Republic of Iran adheres to the issue of human rights on the basis of Islamic and legal canons within the framework of its constitution. Iran’s approach to the role and position of women in society and their role in various fields, including politics and sports, shows that Iran is taking steps to strengthen human rights and is committed to them, but the intervention of the West and the United States in its internal affairs, under the pretext of protecting human rights, is not acceptable.