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‘EU can’t claim to advocate human rights while barring medicine for Iran children'

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
The file photo shows an Iranian doctor attending a child at the coronavirus ward of a hospital.

An Iranian human rights official has hit out at the European Parliament for passing a resolution against what it calls “human rights breaches” in Iran, saying those who have a hand in the deaths of scores of Iranian child patients by blocking their access to medicine are in no position to lecture about human rights.

Ali Baqeri-Kani, who heads the Iranian Judiciary’s High Council for Human Rights, on Friday condemned the European resolution adopted a day earlier, which deals with the detention and recent executions of a number of dual nationals on convictions ranging from espionage to murder and corruption on earth.

The resolution “asks all EU member states to jointly issue public statements and undertake diplomatic initiatives to monitor unfair trials and visit prisons” where Iranian convicts holding European citizenship are serving time.

It also demanded “targeted EU measures against Iranian officials who have committed serious human rights violations.”

In response, Baqeri-Kani slammed the Europeans for their concerted attempts to block the access of Iranian child patients to medicine, among their other violations of the Iranian nation’s rights at different historical junctures.

“Currently, the Europeans stand accused of killing tens of Iranian child patients and are thus in no position to claim that they are advocates of human rights,” he said.

“It is called modern deception when you prevent the patients from getting access to medicine, while shedding crocodile tears because a sentence has been carried out for a criminal,” he said.

“By taking a nation’s health and livelihood hostage with the goal of imposing their on illegitimate demands, the Europeans have set a new record in modern savagery,” the official added.

The Iranian official further delivered a stern warning to the Europeans over the threat of sanctions mentioned in the resolution.

If the sanctions mechanism is activated, certain European governments will lose their credibility since many officials in Europe have played a crucial part in violating the Iranian nation’s rights — including the right to life, health, education and development — through imposing cruel and unlawful sanctions on the country.

He criticized the European Parliament’s impudence in supporting a bunch of criminals merely because of the European passports that they hold and asking the Iranian Judiciary to trample on justice for their sake.

“The Europeans have taken impudence to the level that they even grant Swedish citizenship to a criminal serving jail time for his effective role in the assassination of Iranian nuclear scientists in addition to espionage,” he said.

The Iranian Judiciary, the official stressed, will never allow the Europeans to use the dual citizenship of the holders of their passports as a tool to blackmail the Islamic Republic and do even the slightest harm to the nation’s cause against foreign dominion.

Baqeri-Kani further pointed to Europe’s call for Tehran to let in a special rapporteur on human rights and said, “To inspect human rights violations, there is no need for a trip to Tehran. It would be sufficient to walk around the corridors of the European Parliament to see the terrorists who have the blood of 17,000 innocent Iranian citizens on their hands.”

He was referring to Europe’s all-out support for the Mujahedin-e-Khalq Organization (MKO), the most hated terrorist cult among the Iranians. Europe has long served as a safe haven for the bloodthirsty MKO terrorists, giving them a platform for organizing terror attacks in Iran and killing civilians.

“The manufacturers and sellers of weapons of mass destruction to [ex-Iraqi dictator] Saddam [Hussein], who brought about the carnage of thousands of Iranian youth, are still beside you and are committing crimes against the Iranian nation from Europe. Please, look around a little so you can easily see the real violators of the Iranian people’s rights,” he said.

The European resolution singled out, among others, the case of Ruhollah Zam, the administrator of a notorious counterrevolutionary website, who had been convicted of corruption on earth.

He was executed last week for 13 counts of charges as instances of corruption on earth, including spying for the intelligence services of France.

The resolution also condemned the execution in September of Navid Afkari who has stabbed to death a government employee in 2018. It also urged Iran to halt the imminent execution of Swedish-Iranian national Ahmadreza Djalali, who is convicted of espionage.

Baqeri-Kani named a list of Iranian children who he said had died as a result of Western sanctions.

“Do you know these people?” he asked the Europeans. “The answer is ‘no’ for sure because they are neither terrorists, nor spies, nor the West’s mercenaries. They are innocent children who were denied medicine and were killed by Europe’s medical terrorism.”

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