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Iran FM spox: US, self-proclaimed rights advocates convicted in court of human conscience over shameful record

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)
Nasser Kan'ani, the Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman

The Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman has lashed out at Western governments over their instrumental use of human rights against other countries, saying the United States and its allies are “convicted in the court of human conscience” due to their “shameful” record.

Nasser Kan'ani made the remark in a string of tweets on Thursday as he attached to his posts a picture of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, who murdered African American George Floyd during a violent arrest in May 2020, and the merciless torture of inmates at the infamous US-run Guantanamo prison.

“Those with record of committing crimes against other nations and backing an occupier and terrorist regime, don't have moral/legal right to comment on human rights in other countries. HR is a sacred value and Iran believes that it’s Islamic, humane, legal and moral imperative to promote it,” said one of the tweets. 

“Those HR violators are better to look at their own shameful record and stop political and instrumental use of human rights. US gov and many other self-proclaimed advocates of human rights are convicted in the court of human conscience because of their despicable historical conduct,” said another tweet. 

Last Thursday, the UN Human Rights Council convened a meeting at the request of Germany and Iceland to discuss alleged human rights violations in Iran during the handling of recent foreign-backed riots in the country.

The body voted to establish an independent international fact-finding mission to investigate the purported abuses.

Iran’s Foreign Ministry has said Tehran will not cooperate with the so-called fact-finding mission, stressing that Iran has already formed a national fact-finding committee to look into the events.

Foreign-backed riots have hit some Iranian provinces since 22-year-old woman Mahsa Amini died at the hospital on September 16, three days after she collapsed at a police station.

An investigation has attributed Amini’s death to her medical condition, rather than alleged beatings by the police.

The riots have claimed the lives of dozens of people and security forces, while also allowing terrorist attacks across the country. In the last two months, the terrorists have set fire to public property and tortured several Basij members and security forces to death.

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