2021-February-28 10:12
2021-January-24  11:23

Ex-Envoy: US Detention of Iranian University Professor Clear Violation of Human Rights

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran’s former Ambassador to Baku Mohsen Pak-Ayeen blasted the US for arresting Iranian university professor Kaveh Afrasiabi, describing it as a severe violation of human rights and freedom of expression.

"The move has no legal basis; and the arrest of university professors and international relations experts is completely contrary to the freedom of expression and freedom of the press and is an instance of human rights violation,” Pak-Ayeen told FNA on Sunday.

He noted that the so-called human rights protocols observed in the US do not adhere to any international standards, and said, "I believe that the international community and the institutions that claim to advocate human rights in the world should endeavor to set Afrasiabi free.”

Pak-Ayeen underlined the need for the international bodies to condemn such acts to force countries to meet the international standards and avoid measures against human rights.

The US Department of Justice announced on Tuesday that Kaveh Lotfolah Afrasiabi had been arrested at his home in Watertown, Massachusetts, for the alleged illegal activities.

It claimed that Afrasiabi was actually a secret employee of the Government of Iran and the Permanent Mission of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the United Nations (IMUN) "who was being paid to spread their propaganda".

After his arrest, Spokesperson for the Iranian Mission to the UN Alireza Miryoussefi blasted the US, and said the Trump Administration is famous for its anti-Iran "bigotry and bias".

"It is unfortunate to hear of the arrest of Dr. Afrasiabi on spurious charges, in the waning hours of the Trump administration, which is well-known for its anti-Iranian bigotry and bias," Miryoussefi said.

"Dr. Afrasiabi has not been working as an agent of the Mission and only as a university professor, and an expert on international relations," he added.

He further explained that Afrasiabi "has provided consultations to the Mission on international issues and his working relationship with us has been open and fully transparent since the beginning".

Afrasiabi was arrested after he warned the US TV show host to stop belittling and insulting Iran's Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani who had been assassinated in a US drone attack at Baghdad International Airport in Iraq last year.