Illegal sanctions on Iran blatant violation of human rights: Iran MP
“The [so-called] advocates of human rights have proven the West’s double standards regarding the concept of human rights by imposing illegal sanctions on the Iranian people,” spokesman for Iran Majlis (parliament) Legal and Judicial Committee, Mohammad Ali Esfanani, said on Saturday.
He added that major powers define the human rights based on their own interests and needs and justify their anti-human measures through instrumental use of human rights.
Esfanani noted that the enemies put extra economic pressure on the Iranian nation after they failed to defeat the resistance of the Iranian people and government against their plots.
The lawmaker’s remarks came a day after UN chief Ban Ki-moon said in a report to the General Assembly on Friday that international sanctions on Iran are having “significant” effects on the Iranian people and also appear to be harming humanitarian operations in the country.
The US, Israel and some of their allies accuse Iran of diversion in its nuclear energy program toward peaceful purposes. The US and European Union (EU) have used this allegation as a pretext to push the UN Security Council to impose four rounds of sanctions on the Islamic Republic between 2006 and 2010.
The US and EU have also taken unilateral measures against the Islamic Republic since the beginning of 2012 in an effort to stop Iran’s nuclear energy program.
Iran strongly rejects the Western allegations against its nuclear energy program, maintaining that as a signatory to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and a member of the International Atomic Energy Agency, it has the right to use nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.
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