Official Hits Back at Sweden for Human Rights Allegations against Iran

Official Hits Back at Sweden for Human Rights Allegations against Iran

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – The secretary-general of Iran's Human Rights Office dismissed the allegations raised by the ambassador of Sweden about the violation of human rights in Iran, denouncing the Scandinavian government for obeying the cruel US sanctions that harm Iranians’ right to health.

In a tweet on Saturday, Kazem Gharibabadi decried the remarks made by Swedish Foreign Minister Ann Linde about the situation of human rights in Iran, drawing her attention to a report of UN experts on “over-compliance” with US sanctions.

"I draw the attention of Sweden FM on Oct 19 statement of several UN Human Rights Experts titled 'Sweden Over-compliance with US sanctions harms Iranians’ right to health'," Gharibabadi said.

He also included parts of the UN statement in his tweet.

In her tweet on Friday, the Swedish foreign minister claimed that the situation of human rights in Iran is very serious, saying she and the Sweden’s government have continuously brought up the issue in talks with Iranian representatives, Press TV reported.

A group of UN experts warned on October 19 that over-compliance with the US sanctions could strip Iranian patients of their human rights, particularly the right to health.

The experts raised the alarm, in the wake of a decision by a Swedish company to halt shipments to Iranian patients suffering from a severe and life-threatening rare skin condition – epidermolysis bullosa (EB) – which causes extremely painful wounds. The firm’s produced bandage reportedly offers the most effective treatment to alleviate pain and prevent life-threatening infections.

They emphasized that the Swedish company’s decision, along with the actions of the country’s government, violates their international responsibility to ensure the entire range of human rights. 

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