In a recent meeting with foreign ambassadors in Tehran, Ali Baqeri, deputy Judiciary chief for international and human rights affairs and the secretary of High Council for Human Rights, said the US has mounted pressure on Iran due to the latter’s commitment to defending rights of all nations, presstv.com reported..
“Sanctions are the costs the Islamic Republic of Iran is paying for its strategic policy of prioritizing the human rights and avoiding their contamination with political interests and agendas,” Baqeri said on Wednesday.
The US unleashed the so-called maximum pressure campaign against Iran in 2018, when it left a multilateral nuclear agreement. Following its withdrawal, Washington targeted the Iranian nation with the “toughest ever” economic sanctions.
Baqeri said Iran has, over the past decades, stood by other nations — Iraq, Palestine, Yemen and Syria, during different wars and confrontations in Western Asia.
However, he added, the governments that accuse Tehran of human rights violations — among them the sponsors of an anti-Iran resolution recently passed by the UN Human Rights Council — have always supported “dictators, occupiers, terrorists and aggressors.”
He was referring to the resolution that was presented by Sweden on the rights situation in Iran and approved at the 43rd meeting of the UN Human Rights Council. Tehran said the document was based on “selective, biased, confrontational and politically motivated attitudes.”
It is a “bitter irony” that the countries that claim to be supporting human rights in Iran have not only blocked the nation’s access to banking systems, but have also targeted the country’s oil sales and imports of food, medicine and medical equipment, which are much needed by ordinary Iranians.
Baqeri further stressed that human rights is the basis of the Islamic Republic’s mega policies in all political, civil, economic, legal, social, cultural and security sectors.
Centuries before the self-proclaimed advocates of human rights came into existence in the political geography of the world, deep-thinkers of this country had drafted well-grounded documents to safeguard human rights, he said in an implicit reference to the Cyrus Cylinder of human rights which dates back to 539 BCE. Cyrus was Persia's Achaemenid king.
“Human rights are not an imported product in this country,” Baqeri emphasized.