Iran on Monday published a long list of US human rights violations at the beginning of a week it designated to raise awareness about American crimes perpetrated under the guise of defending human rights.
Each day of the week called the “American human rights” marks one terror incident that took place against Iran in the 1980s including the US downing of an Iranian Airbus over the Persian Gulf on July 3, 1988, killing all 290 passengers on board.
In a tweet, Iran’s Foreign Ministry said the most flagrant breach of human rights at the hands of the United States was the assassination of Iranian Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani in Iraq in January 2020.
“This arbitrary, illegal and murderous act constitutes violation of many of the principles enshrined in human rights and international law,” the ministry said of the US drone strike that assassinated the top commander.
It said the US government “committed a serious violation of the right to life and the principle of non-use of force” when it targeted General Soleimani.
The ministry said US sanctions imposed on Iran “have deprived children and other people suffering from incurable diseases” of access to medicine and medical equipment.
It pointed to the freezing of Afghanistan's assets by the US last year as another crime that affected millions of people in the war-torn country and brought its economy to the verge of collapse.
The ministry said the Abu Ghraib prison, which was set up after the US-led invasion of Iraq in 2003, and the Guantanamo Detention Camp where the US has kept terror suspects for years without trial, are also blatant examples of human rights violations.
“By establishing the Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo prisons, torturing and brutalizing prisoners, and committing extrajudicial killings, the US reinvented human rights violations and devised new techniques of flouting human rights,” the tweet said.