Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Jaberi Ansari deplored double standard approaches to the issue of human rights, describing as absurd moves by the Saudi and Israeli regimes in terms of UN human rights resolutions.
Speaking in a meeting with visiting Zimbabwean Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Foreign Affairs Joey Bimha in Tehran on Wednesday, Jaberi Ansari enumerated the Saudi and Israeli crimes and violations of human rights and said it is ridiculous that such regimes talk about human rights.
“Over 2 million Palestinians are living in the worst of conditions under an Israeli blockade in the Gaza Strip,” he noted, adding that the Zionist regime of Israel has constantly resorted to state terrorism in the past decades and violated Palestinians’ fundamental rights.
He also highlighted the massacre of the Yemeni people by a Saudi-led coalition in the past one and a half years as a clear example of Riyadh’s human rights violations.
Jaberi Ansari’s comments came after the UN General Assembly’s 3rd Committee in its 71st session on Tuesday approved five draft resolutions, including one on Iran, which calls “for greater accountability for human rights abuses and for the Iranian Government to ensure transparent and inclusive presidential elections in 2017.”
The draft resolution on Iran was approved by a vote of 85, including Saudi Arabia and Israel, in favour to 35 against with 63 abstentions.
Iran’s Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi has also slammed the anti-Iran resolution, saying a stark sign of its illegitimacy is that it has been endorsed by the Zionist regime of Israel and by Saudi Arabia and a handful of regional countries that are unfamiliar with democracy and freedom and are also known as the main supporters of terrorism, violence and extremism.