Iran Dismisses EU Foreign Policy Chief’s Allegations
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesperson slammed as biased and wrong a statement issued by the new High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Josep Borrell, that alleges violations of human rights during the recent unrest in Iran.
In remarks on Tuesday, Abbas Mousavi deplored the recent statement from Borrell, saying it has been based on incorrect and biased information.
“The Islamic Republic of Iran rejects any instrumental and political use of human rights against independent countries,” Mousavi said.
“Respecting the rights of people is a principle and a necessity of national security to the Islamic Republic of Iran, as a democratic establishment, and the Islamic Republic of Iran’s performance over the past four decades clearly indicates our country’s seriousness in promoting human rights and protecting the rights of people. Popular protests and holding demonstrations are among the recognized rights of people in the Islamic Republic, but exploiting this right to loot or attack people and public places is intolerable, as it is not tolerated in Europe itself, an obvious example of which is the police action against demonstrators in Paris which has resulted in large casualties, injuries and arrests so far,” he added.
The spokesperson further highlighted the Islamic Republic of Iran’s determination to study the various aspects of the recent incidents in Iran, and expressed regret over the harms done to a number of demonstrators.
“Measures will be definitely taken to compensate those hurt in the demonstrations, just as necessary legal action will be taken against armed thugs and looters of properties of people,” Mousavi said.
“We call on the European Union to seriously consider violation of human rights in a number of the (EU) member states or in its allied countries, and honor its commitments regarding the JCPOA and violation of rights of more than 80 million Iranian citizens under the inhumane and unilateral sanctions imposed by the United States of America,” the Iranian spokesman added.
In an official statement on December 8, Borrell deplored the Iranian authorities for what he called a disproportionate response to recent protests.
"The European Union addresses all issues of concern in its bilateral exchanges with Iran, including human rights, and will continue doing so," he said.