|Britain not entitled to make claims about human rights, Iran says||
TEHRAN – The British government violates the rights of Muslims, immigrants and minorities, so it cannot make any claim about human rights, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham said on Friday.
On Thursday, the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office issued a report about human rights and democracy in 2013 in which it was claimed that discrimination against persons belonging to religious, ethnic, linguistic or other minorities occurs in Iran.
It also said there are concerns over the rise of death penalty in Iran.
Afkham described the report as “biased” and condemned it.
While certain countries are using human rights issue as a means to achieve their political purposes, Iran has always participated actively in international human rights conferences and held bilateral dialogue on human rights with other countries in efforts to improve human rights situation globally, she noted.
She added that human rights cannot be improved at a global level by ignoring the values and beliefs of other nations.
She went on to say that the Iranian nation does not tolerate any sacrilege to their sanctities and deep cultural values, adding that Iran will not accept the Western immoral principles as human rights norms.
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