Iranian Official Deplores West's Egocentric Attitude

News ID: 545946 Service: Society/Culture
محمد جواد لاریجانی

TEHRAN (Tasnim) - A senior Iranian judiciary official said the Western lifestyle is not necessarily the best in the world, and called on the West to respect the other nations and stop forcing them to adopt the same lifestyle.

“Please accept the idea that others also have a good way of life. The only good lifestyle should not be considered the way that the Western community is living, and you should not request the others to follow your suit,” Secretary General of Iran's High Council for Human Rights Mohammad Javad Larijani said.

He made the comments in an address to 20th session of the UN Human Rights Council Universal Periodic Review Working Group, held in the Swiss city of Geneva.

Larijani further defended the performance of the country’s judiciary system in handling a recent case that ended in death sentence for Iranian woman Reihaneh Jabbari through a legal process.

“We were not successful to solicit forgiveness from the heirs of the victim. So, unfortunately, this execution went on. Though we are very sorry that two nationals of ours have lost their lives, but capital punishment or ‘Qisas’ in this sense is unique peculiarity of our legal system. And I think it’s worth for the Western countries to look into it,” Larijani said of the case.

Jabbari was hanged in the early hours of Saturday, October 25, after being found guilty of killing Morteza Abdolali Sarbandi in July 2007.

Under the Islamic law, a convicted murderer is put to death if the victim's family demands execution.

Elsewhere in his speech, the Iranian official dismissed the criticism raised by certain countries on the so-called flaws in Iran’s judicial system that led to capital punishment for Jabbari.

“In elaborating the case of Reihane Jabbari, I should emphasize that no country, no state, no NGO told us where in our judiciary was wrong in dealing with her. Only they condemned us. This media blitz does not help promotion of human rights,” he explained.

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