Iranian Official Rejects Western Human Rights Standards

"The Islamic Republic of Iran’s affinity for human rights is rooted in its Islamic and cultural principles."

On Tuesday, Iranian news agency FARS reported that the Secretary of Iran’s Human Rights Council Mohammad Javad Larijani stated that the country would not abide by the West’s standards for human rights. “The Islamic Republic of Iran’s affinity for human rights is rooted in its Islamic and cultural principles and we don’t accept the West-imposed human rights (principles) which want to change our way of life (lifestyle).”

Iran’s treatment of Christians, women and homosexuals has been particularly galling to the international human rights community. Nonetheless, Larijani told an Irish delegation to Tehran, “We have extensive plans in area of human rights and establishment of Iran’s Human Rights Council with such a structure and extent shows its importance for the Islamic Republic of Iran.”

Last December, Iranian Foreign Minsitry Spokeswoman Marziyeh Afkham stated that the West should adopt Iran’s standards of human rights, explaining, “We have laid emphasis on avoiding politicization of human rights debates and rejected the (West's) double-standard approach in our talks with different European officials in the past and the present."

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