TEHRAN, April 14, YJC -Tehran says Washington is in no position to comment on the issue of human rights after the US placed sanctions against an Iranian individual and an Iranian organization for what it called their “rights abuses.”
TEHRAN, Young Journalists Club (YJC) -
Reacting to measure, Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi said the US, with its dismal domestic and international rights record, has forfeited the right to "pass comments” on the human rights situation in other countries.
Nor has any international authority trusted such responsibility with the US administration to assess the quality of human rights in other countries from its vantage point, he added.
The United States on Thursday added Sohrab Soleimani, the supervisor of Security and Law Enforcement Deputyship at Iran’s Prisons Organization, and the Tehran Prisons Organization to its "human rights-related” sanctions list.
Qassemi called the measure "unilateral’ and "strong-arm,” and its alleged rationale "baseless.” The very ban, he said, is in violation of obvious international laws.
Soleimani is the younger brother of Major General Qassem Soleimani, the commander of the Quds Force of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps whose occasional sojourn among the Iraqi forces on the anti-Daesh battleground has drawn international attention.
Baghdad has hailed Soleimani as being among the "trustworthy” commanders for the Iraqi government.
Qassemi further said such "interventionist” measures is, more than anything, aimed at covering up Washington’s human rights predicaments and divert international attention from "the crimes being committed by the country and its support for the systematic and glaring human rights violations being committed by some of its allies in the region, especially Israel.”
This is the second time since US President Donald Trump’s January inauguration that Washington targets Iranian individuals and institutions with sanctions.
In March, the US State Department said Washington had sanctioned 30 foreign companies or individuals for transferring sensitive technology to Iran for its missile program or violating export controls on Iran, North Korea and Syria.
The move promoted Iran to announce retaliatory sanctions on 15 American companies over their support for Israeli crimes and terrorism.