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Washington has backed apartheid regimes, doesn’t believe in human rights: Iran FM spokesman

Israeli forces attack Palestinians in Silwan neighborhood in East al-Quds, on March 3, 2023. (Photo by Reuters)

The spokesman for the Iranian Foreign Ministry says the United States is in no position to advocate human rights or democracy, recounting the White House’s record of supporting political systems based on institutionalized racial segregation and discrimination, namely South Africa's dismantled apartheid regime and the Tel Aviv regime.

Nasser Kan’ani wrote in a post published on his Twitter page on Sunday that US officials used to back apartheid, which was enforced in South Africa from 1948 to 1994, and that the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) would assist then all-white government of the country to arrest late anti-apartheid activist Nelson Mandela.

“Today, it is the strategic ally & supporter of the apartheid Zionsit regime,” it further pointed out.

Kan’ani emphasized that the US is in no position to advocate democracy and human rights, as it does not hold any beliefs in them at all.

Last December, the spokesperson for the Iranian Foreign Ministry took a swipe at the West for its shameful record of political use of human rights, saying the United States is neither morally nor legally competent to comment on human rights in the other countries.

Kan’ani made the remark in a string of tweets on December 1, 2022 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,” the spokesman said.

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

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