Foreign minister spokesman dismisses EU statement on human rights in Iran

Iran Materials 13 December 2006 11:32 (UTC +04:00)

(IRNA) - Foreign ministry spokesman Mohammad Ali Hosseini dismissed the European Union foreign ministers' statement issued Tuesday criticizing human rights in Iran, saying it is not based on facts, reports Trend.

Hosseini regretted what he said was the increasing vulnerability of the global campaign for human rights because of the biased approach taken by those who profess to champion the cause and its increasing politicization.

He blasted so-called advocates of human rights in Europe which turn a blind eye to human rights in certain states and at the same time gloss over those which use it to serve certain political or promotional ends.

He said Iran, driven by lofty Islamic precepts and committed to constitutional as well as international injunctions, has made human rights a priority and devised long-term plans to promote basic rights and freedoms for all its constituents.

He also voiced concern over the increasing inhuman practices in Europe.