Iran’s Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast has criticized the politicized and double standard approach of the US toward the issue of human rights. In its annual human rights report released in April, the US State Department accused countries such as Iran of clamping down on rights activities. In reaction to the report, Mehmanparast said the US is one of the main “violators of the most basic principles of human rights and international law.” “It would be better for the US government to be responsible for its human rights performance in the field instead of continuing with its wrong and repetitious behaviour of accusing other countries,” he said.
“The politicized approach and the adoption of double standards by the US on human rights in the world is not a new issue and has turned into the political tradition for the country," he added.The Iranian official pointed to numerous human rights violations by the US including support for the terrorist Mujahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO) and removing it from the list of terrorist groups, the establishment of illegal and extraterritorial detention centers, torture and human rights violations in Guantanamo prison, and the brutal massacre of civilians in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan. He added that the abduction of citizens of other countries and illegal rendition flights, violence against immigrants, crackdown on anti- Wall Street protests, harassment of Muslims, racial discrimination, and the bad situation of prisoners in the US are other instances of human rights violation by the US. AR/HGH