Iran says the United States is not in a position to make biased and one-sided judgments about the human rights situation in other countries.
Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi on Monday condemned a statement issued on July 26 by participants at the Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom held in the US.
He said the statement was interference in the Islamic Republic's internal affairs and leveled allegations against the country based on "incorrect, spiteful and unreal" information.
"The US and other violators of the most natural and obvious basic human rights are not in a position to make biased and one-sided judgment about other countries with different cultures and varieties," Qassemi pointed out.
In their statement, participants at the US-hosted meeting said "as representatives of the international community, we stand together in condemning the systematic, ongoing, and egregious violations of religious freedom taking place in Iran and call on authorities to ensure religious freedom for all."
They also strongly urged "the government of Iran to cease" alleged violations of religious freedom "and ensure that all individuals – regardless of their beliefs – are treated equally and can live out their lives and exercise their faith in peace and security."
The Iranian spokesperson, in response to the above allegation, stated that followers of different religions have been peacefully co-existing throughout Iran's history, and at the present time, enjoy all citizenship rights while being represented at the Iranian parliament and other elected institutions.
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