Iran Slams US for Instrumental Use of Human Rights
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh lashed out at Washington for using human rights as a tool to achieve goals.
Khatibzadeh made the remarks on Sunday, addressing a gathering of Iranian nongovernmental organizations enjoying consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).
He noted that the issue of human rights is one of the most important victims of international relations at the current juncture.
“Due to the approach adopted by the centers of power in the world, the issue of human rights has been turned into a political tool to advance those centers’ goals,” he said.
Khatibzadeh further took the US to task for its skewed approach to human rights, saying, “The US uses human rights as a tool in its foreign policy toolbox in order to achieve its goals. Unfortunately, this approach has degraded the sublime concept of human rights to a plaything.”
Iran has time and again warned of the exploitation of human rights by the US and its Western allies as a tool to target independent countries.
In relevant remarks last week, Deputy Iranian Judiciary Chief and head of the country's Human Rights Headquarters Kazzem Qaribabadi blasted the US for abusing the rights of indigenous Americans and at the same time lecturing on human rights situation in other countries.
Qaribabadi made the remarks in a post on his twitter page in reaction to a study which confirmed killing of native Americans in the US.
“Poor Native American children were separated from their families, prohibited from speaking their languages, abused, raped, and finally dumped in mass graves,” he said.
“The US yet still dares to lecture on human rights,” Qaribabadi added.
A first-of-its-kind federal study of Native American boarding schools that for over a century sought to assimilate Indigenous children into white society has identified more than 400 such schools that were supported by the US government and more than 50 associated burial sites, a figure that could grow exponentially as research continues.
The report released Wednesday by the Interior Department expands the number of schools that were known to have operated for 150 years, starting in the early 19th century and coinciding with the removal of many tribes from their ancestral lands.
The dark history of the boarding schools — where children who were taken from their families were prohibited from speaking their Native American languages and often abused — has been felt deeply across Indian Country and through generations.
Many children never returned home. The investigation has so far turned up over 500 deaths at 19 schools, though the Interior Department said that number could climb to the thousands or even tens of thousands.