Gharibabadi says U.S. be condemned for violating every norm of international law

Sanctions should be seen as aggression, Iran’s rights chief says

March 1, 2022 - 21:2

TEHRAN - The U.S. is practically violating all norms of international law and its practices must be condemned by the entire international community, Iran’s top human rights chief says, suggesting that the world must condemn the U.S. for violating every norm of international law.

Kazem Gharibabadi, secretary of Iran's High Council for Human Rights and the Judiciary chief’s deputy for international affairs, made the remarks while addressing the 49th regular session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva on Monday.

He said sanctions against Iran have prevented the country's access to essential medicines and medical supplies and blocked the transfer of humanitarian aid to Tehran in times of natural disasters and the coronavirus pandemic.

"The United States, which acts as a global self-appointed police force, is violating all international rights and norms," he added, Press TV reported.

He emphasized that the international community should not accept such an illegal, unlawful and illegitimate approach.

“Collective punishment of ordinary people and should be considered a crime against humanity.”

"Given the predictable and costly consequences of sanctions, they should be viewed as a weapon and a means of aggression. Unilateral economic and commercial coercive measures are contrary to the aims and objectives of human rights and are in fact the collective punishment of ordinary people and should be considered a crime against humanity," Gharibabadi emphasized.

The U.S. unilaterally left the 2015 agreement, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), in 2018 and re-stored the sanctions that had been lifted under the accord. Washington’s European allies in the deal—France, Germany, and the United Kingdom—have been toeing the sanctions line closely by ending their trade activities with Iran.

The Vienna talks began last April between Iran and the remaining parties to the JCPOA on the assumption that the U.S., under the Joe Biden administration, is willing to repeal the so-called “maximum pressure” policy introduced by former president Donald Trump against Tehran.

Iran has repeatedly denounced the sanctions as an act of “economic war,” “economic terrorism,” and “medical terrorism,”

 ‘Iran one of the biggest victims of terrorism’

The Iranian human rights official said the Islamic Republic is one of the biggest victims of terrorism and thousands of innocent Iranian people have been killed or wounded by terrorist groups over the past 43 years.

He added that the anti-Iran Mujahedin-e-Khalq (MKO) terrorist group has carried out the most acts of terror against the Iranian people which amount to crimes against humanity.

Out of the 17,000-plus people who have lost their lives in terror attacks, 12,000 of them were killed at the hands of the MKO terrorist group, the human rights chief lamented.

Gharibabadi said that this terrorist group, with its dark history, has had administrative organizations in some European countries from the very beginning and their agents have traveled freely across European countries and the U.S. without any restrictions or legal prosecution while some of these countries have become a safe haven for the terrorists.

He asked, "How can some countries that claim to advocate human rights and fight terrorism, call a group that has on its hand the blood of thousands of innocent women and children in Iran, Syria and Iraq ... as defenders of human rights?! How can this contradiction be justified?!"

The human rights official called on the officials of European countries, the European Union, the United Nations and the Human Rights Council to address widespread crimes committed by the MKO and take serious action to prevent the terrorist group from operating freely in Europe and bring its criminal perpetrators and ringleaders to justice.

The anti-Iran cult was on the U.S. government’s list of terrorist organizations until 2012. Major European countries, including France, have also removed it from their blacklists.

A few years ago, the MKO elements were relocated from their Camp Ashraf in Iraq’s Diyala Province to Camp Hurriyet (Camp Liberty), a former U.S. military base in Baghdad, and later sent to Albania.

The MKO terrorists enjoy freedom of activity in the U.S. and Europe and even hold regular meetings in which European and American officials make speeches.

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