Tuesday, December 28, 2004

West in no position to comment on human rights after Guantanamo, Abu Ghraib: Rafsanjani

West in no position to comment on human rights after Guantanamo, Abu Ghraib: Rafsanjani: "West in no position to comment on human rights after Guantanamo, Abu Ghraib: Rafsanjani
TEHRAN, Dec. 28 (MNA) -- Expediency Council Chairman Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani said here on Tuesday that Westerners, and particularly the United States, are in no position to comment on the issue of human rights in light of the “Guantanamo hell” and the scandals resulting from the U.S. administration of Iraqi prisons.
Disclosures of abuses at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq created worldwide uproar and many international organizations have expressed serious concern over the abuse of prisoners in the U.S. military prison in Guantanomo Bay, Cuba.

In a meeting with the new Swiss ambassador to Tehran, Philippe Welti, Rafsanjani stated that the aggressive measures against the Palestinian and Iraqi nations, the efforts to deprive young women of an education due to their religious beliefs, and the unilateral approach toward the Al Manar television network are some of the obvious examples of violations of human rights by the West.

He described Iran-Swiss relations as positive, saying that this is due to Switzerland’s refusal to be influenced by international and regional affairs.

He also called for the expansion of cooperation and the development of bilateral ties between Iran and Switzerland.

For his part, Welti expressed his country’s views on significant regional and international affairs, saying there is a surprisingly great difference between the present reality in Iran and the image of the country presented by the Western media.

He stated that the Swiss government respects and defends the rights of the Palestinian people, adding that the acts of torture carried out in Guantanamo and the U.S. prisons in Iraq were a violation of international law, human rights, and global values.

The ambassador also called for the expansion of bilateral cooperation between Iran and Switzerland in the political, economic, and commercial spheres. "

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