Iran General NewsIran hits out at EU parliament over rights resolution

Iran hits out at EU parliament over rights resolution

-

AFP: Iran has criticised the European Parliament human rights resolution. The resolution passed on Thursday condemned Iran over “continued, systematic violation of fundamental rights,” and said its 2013 presidential election was not “held in accordance with the democratic standards”.

 

AFP – Iran has criticised a European Parliament human rights resolution, saying the body lacks the “legitimacy” to advise countries on such matters, media reported on Monday.

The resolution passed on Thursday condemned Iran over “continued, systematic violation of fundamental rights,” and said its 2013 presidential election was not “held in accordance with the democratic standards”.

It also said “any future parliament delegations to Iran should be committed to meeting members of the political opposition and civil society activists, and to having access to political prisoners.”

Iranian officials hit back, saying the “irresponsible and counter-productive” text could harm talks between Tehran and world powers over the Islamic republic’s disputed nuclear programme.

Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said Iran would not accept conditions for any future European parliamentary visits.

“The government will not allow any European parliamentary delegation to visit Iran with such terms in the resolution,” Zarif was quoted as saying on Monday in Sharq newspaper.

“Considering the political weight of the European Parliament… it lacks legitimacy to preach others for observing human rights,” he added.

On Sunday, Zarif’s ministry summoned the ambassador of Greece, which currently holds the EU rotating, to protest against the resolution.

It also comes ahead of a demonstration that hardline Basij students are reportedly planning to stage outside the Greek embassy in Tehran on Tuesday.

Ayatollah Ahmad Janati, a prominent hardline cleric, strongly denounced members of the European Parliament.

The resolution, he said, was signed by “a bunch of idiots who are not committed to any humanitarian values and shamelessly legitimised the illegitimate relationships of homosexuals.”

Western diplomats in Tehran downplayed the importance of the resolution, as the topic is a regular source of tensions between the two sides.

Iran also criticised European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton over an “unsanctioned” meeting she held with rights activists in March.

Another meeting between eight-member European Parliament delegation, rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh and filmmaker Jafar Panahi in December triggered the criticism of conservative politicians.

Latest news

Iranian People’s Resistance Changed the Appeasement Policy

Soon after the new US government started its obligations in January 2021, hand in hand with the European governments...

Khamenei’s Disgraceful Campaign Against Piranshahr and Javanrud, Who Will Be the Loser?

On the 67th day of Iran’s revolution, the Iranian regime attempted to put a halt to the protests in...

Iran: Expensive Medicine, Cheap Human Life

A look at the equipment and weapons that the Iranian regime has been using against its people to suppress...

Who Is Abolqasem Salavati Iran Regime’s Killer Judge?

Last week, it was announced that the case of several people who were arrested during the Iranian People's uprising...

Iran Revolution Characteristics

More than two months have passed since the start of the latest round of protests in Iran against the...

Iran’s Regime Is Unable To Eradicate Protests

Totalitarian governments, whether be it a monarchy or a clerical regime, and their international supporters are pursuing the same...

Must read

Iran not holding Levinson, says foreign minister

AFP: A retired FBI agent who disappeared more than six...

Four Iranians trying to reach Britain intercepted off French coast

AFP: Four Iranians who tried to reach Britain aboard...

You might also likeRELATED
Recommended to you