Baku, Azerbaijan, April 2
By Umid Niayesh - Trend:
Senior Iranian official says that the European Parliament's resolution on violation of human rights in Iran is baseless and counterproductive.
Approval of the resolution is based on double-standards and politically motivated, Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman, Marzieh Afkham said, the country's IRNA news agency reported on April 2.
Expressing regret over issuance of the resolution, the spokeswoman said, "European parliament should do its best to understand Iranian culture and religious beliefs and not to use human rights as a political lever."
Afkham also underlined that the Islamic Republic would continue its way forward for promotion of human rights based on "Islamic injunctions."
She added that such resolutions are issued in defiance of Iran's positive steps in fulfilling its obligations and its constructive cooperation with international bodies and the improving human rights conditions internally.
On March 31, the Foreign Affairs Committee of the European Parliament said in a resolution that the EU must be more active in addressing the human rights situation and supporting civil society in Iran.
According to the resolution the human rights situation in Iran is still characterized by the continued, systematic violation of fundamental rights. The statement reads that besides the nuclear deal, various topics including human rights and regional security need to be discussed between the EU and Iran.
Edited by C.N.