Tuesday, March 01, 2011

Iran: Iran says US double standards have weakened human rights

Tehran, March 1, IRNA – Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said here on Tuesday that US authorities should be responsive to the human rights status.

Talking to domestic and foreign journalists during his weekly press briefing, he condemned Washington’s approach regarding the issue of human rights.

Asked about remarks made by US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on alleged human rights violation in Iran, he reiterated that the US double standard policy and the statements made by its senior officials, particularly Ms Clinton, have weakened the human rights status in the world.

The US authorities’ approach has severely damaged the issue of human rights, Mehmanparast noted.

Referring to Washington's support for the terrorist regimes, he said Ms Clinton had expressed her support for the Egyptian Hosni Mubarak’s regime two months ago.

The FM spokesman further criticized the occupation of a number of regional states by the US forces and condemned the recent massacre of innocent Afghan civilians by the US military forces.

The US administrative should be responsive to its treatment regarding racial minorities and domestic prisoners as well as prisoners in Guantanamo and Abu Ghraib prisons, he emphasized.