Tuesday, October 4, 2022

Iran Slams US “Baseless” Report on Human Trafficking

Iranian foreign ministry spokesman has condemned Washington’s recent report on human trafficking, stressing that the US government has levelled “undue, baseless and unrealistic” accusations against Iran in this report.

“We believe that the US government is seeking to distract the world’s attention from its commitments under international treaties and conventions in human trafficking by playing a blame game,” Bahram Qassemi said in a Wednesday statement.

He went on saying the Islamic Republic of Iran vehemently condemns the US government for releasing unreliable reports on human trafficking and leveling undue accusations against independent states.

The spokesperson also said as a signatory of the UN Convention against Transnational Organized Crime, the Islamic Republic of Iran has so far adopted massive executive and legal measures in fight against the nasty phenomenon of human trafficking.

“Iran’s measures have already been confirmed by the related UN-affiliated institutions and mentioned in the reports released by the UN Office on Drug and Crime,” he added.

Iran maintains that in fight against human trafficking, particularly the trafficking of children and women, one needs to address the fundamental and basic causes behind the phenomenon, particularly foreign intervention and armed clashes, he added.

“It goes without saying that the US interventionist and destabilizing policies across the globe, especially in the Western Asia and Africa, have paved the way for the emergence of transnational criminal gangs which are active in human trafficking,” he said.

Qassemi also referred to the latest request of US president from the executive managers of International Monetary Fund and multi-lateral development banks for depriving Iran of financial facilitates and said such requests reveal the US president’s ignorance of the international organizations’ legal mechanism.

“Meanwhile, requests like this amount to Washington’s stark interference in the international organizations’ affairs inflicting a blow on their legal independence,” he concluded.

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