US’ Defence of Human Rights Hinges on Size of Arms Deals: Iran

Bahram Qassemi

Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi has lashed out at the US for “mocking” the concept of human rights by adopting double standards in this regard.

Referring to recent remarks by the US State Department’s spokesperson on terrorism and human rights violation in Iran, Qassemi said “nothing more can be expected from the officials of the US government who link human rights and the lives of people to the volume of their trade with others and the amount of dollars they receive for their contracts.”

In a Saturday statement, the spokesman said it is good news for the world’s freedom-seekers that the US sees no reason anymore to cover up the double standards it has long been adopting.

“Today the country’s officials are explicitly, blatantly and with an unprecedented shamelessness promoting a new pattern of defending human rights based on the size of the arms contracts they sign with others, under the banner of deceptive humanitarian slogans and human rights outcries,” he noted.

“To this end, the US officials give the green light to some of their anti-human allies to slaughter millions of innocent people including women and children in some regional states, to bring them years of drought and disease, and to bomb their schools, hospitals, and their wedding or mourning ceremonies with cutting-edge fighter jets,” he noted.

Under such circumstances, the US cannot and should not moan and shed tears for the death of global security and human rights violations in others states in a false and completely scandalous position, he said, adding that such defence will only mock and distort the concept of human rights.

In a tweet on Thursday, US State Department Spokeswoman Heather Nauert said the US needs tough action to stop what she called Iran’s terror and violence abroad and improve its human rights record at home.

“We will continue to support the voices of Iranian people and to galvanize int’l support for our efforts. The world must be unified in saying no to Iran’s abuses,” she claimed.

On the same day, US President Donald Trump contradicted the CIA’s assessment that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman had ordered the killing of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul, suggesting that the murder will not affect Washington-Riyadh relations given the huge arms deals they have.

   
   

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