0646 GMT May 27, 2022
An Iranian official slammed the United States for “daring to lecture others” on human rights, pointing to the oppression and abuse of the Native Americans in the country up until the past decades.
Kazem Gharibabadi, the Iranian Judiciary chief’s deputy for international affairs and secretary of the country’s High Council for Human Rights, made the remark in a late Thursday tweet in reaction to a federal study of Native American boarding schools that has identified more than 500 student deaths at the institutions so far.
Gharibabadi’s tweet reads: “Poor Native American children were separated from their families, prohibited from speaking their languages, abused, raped and finally dumped in mass graves. The U.S. yet still dares to lecture others on human rights.”
The report released on Wednesday by the U.S. Interior Department expands the number of schools that were known to have operated for 150 years, starting in the early 19th century and coinciding with the removal of tribes from ancestral lands, according to theguardian.com.
The dark history of the boarding schools – children were taken from their families, prohibited from speaking their Native American languages and often abused – has been felt deeply through generations of families.
Many children never returned home. The department’s work focused on burial sites and trying to identify the children and their tribal affiliations is far from complete.