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Iran rules out human rights record released by US state department

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, June 26, IRNA -- Foreign Ministry spokeswomen Marzieh Afkham said on Friday that US state department allegation about human rights violations in Iran published in 2014 annual report is an excuse to interfere in Iranian national affairs.

She said that Iran honors commitment to observe citizens' rights as the humanitarian, national and Islamic duty.

She ruled out the the US state department yearly report 2014 about record of human rights and the magnitude of death sentences being issued in Iran by the court of justice.

The death sentence is forbidden in European countries.

She said that the report was released at a time when Iran's president was elected in a free and fair election with over 73 percent turnout and he has promised to bring the citizenship rights into law by passing such a bill at the legislature.

Afkham expressed concern about deterioration of human rights in the United States.

She said that during the same period, the US regional allies have perpetrated manifest breach of the covenant of the human rights.

They committed various cases of human rights violations such as racism, massive discrimination against Americans of African origins, growing trend of Islamophobia, fighting religious minorities, US police hostility against the citizens and unconditional support for the Israeli crimes against humanity in the region have sparked protests of international community.

The concerns expressed by the US state department are unbelievable, she said.

Condemning US crimes against humanity and war crimes they perpetrated in Yemen, Iraq and Afghanistan, she said that the US had better tackle its internal problems; rather than interfere in other countries' domestic affairs.

Noting that instrumental use of human rights and fighting terrorism and extremism have turned into a great challenge facing the world, Afkham said that such reports are clearly released with specific purposes using the human rights as a leverage for pressure as well as an excuse for meddling in other countries' domestic affairs.

She expressed outrage at imposing arbitrary sanctions on Iran and said that all sanctions are illegitimate and void of legal foundation violating human rights of the Iranian population.


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