“The Islamic Republic of Iran condemns the repeated and unhealthy process of double-standard and politically-motivated behavior and instrumental use of human rights by the EU, including extension of illegitimate unilateral sanctions, under the pretext of violating human rights, which is a failed and inefficient policy,” Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi said on Wednesday.
Expressing regret that the EU doesn’t have a correct and realistic understanding of human rights situation in Iran, he underlined Tehran‘s continued efforts to improve administration of justice and materialize the rights of its citizens based on the progressive Islamic principles and the constitution.
His remarks came after the EU extended by another year sanctions against Iran over alleged claims of “human rights violations” despite the fledgling rapprochement between Tehran and the bloc since the 2015 landmark nuclear agreement.
In relevant remarks late in March, Iran‘s Judiciary Chief Sadeq Amoli Larijani blasted the western countries for making instrumental use of human rights issues.
“Human rights bodies have turned into an instrument to put independent countries under pressure,” Amoil Larijani said.
The Iranian judiciary chief slammed the human rights bodies for keeping silent in the wake of crimes committed by Israel and the massacre of the Yemeni people by Saudi Arabia.
“It is as if the international organizations have stood by the oppressors instead of the oppressed,” Amoli Larijani said.