Iran’s deputy permanent representative to the UN has censured the West’s dual approach in its refusal to condemn the violation of human rights by terrorist and extremist groups in Syria.
Speaking at a UN General Assembly session on Syria, Gholam Hossein Dehqani said the decision by certain Western countries to arm the extremist groups in Syria has led to the prolongation of the crisis in the country and the continuation of human rights violations.
Dehqani also warned against the spread of insecurity and instability into other areas in the Middle East.
Describing reports about violations of human rights by the extremist groups in Syria as shocking, the Iranian official said, “The violation of human rights in Syria is happening against the followers of all religions, including Shias, Sunnis, the Druze, Christians, and Kurds; and it is not limited to one ethnicity or religion.”
“Unfortunately, none of the foreign parties [to the conflict] have adopted a stance against such measures and the presence of foreign militants in Syria over the past two years; and they have turned a blind eye to the crimes [committed] by the extremists,” Dehqani added.
“Extremist and terrorist groups as well as their supporters must be held accountable for their actions,” the Iranian official said.
Dehqani called on the UN human rights investigation committee on Syria to adopt a firm stance against the actions by the extremist groups.
Syria has been gripped by deadly unrest since 2011.
According to reports, the West and its regional allies - especially Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey - are supporting the militants operating inside Syria.
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said on July 25 that more than 100,000 people have been killed in Syria since the outbreak of the foreign-sponsored militancy in the country. Millions of others have been also displaced as a result of the violence.