Brazil has revised stance toward human rights in Iran: Rousseff

March 6, 2011 - 0:0

TEHRAN - Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff has announced that Brasilia has revised its stance toward the human rights situation in Iran.

Rousseff made the remarks in response to a letter that the chairperson of the Human Rights Committee of the Iranian Majlis, MP Zohreh Elahian, sent to her in mid July, in which she briefed the Brazilian president on Western governments’ hostile policies toward Iran and described the plots against Iran devised by certain countries’ intelligence agencies.
In her letter, Elahian pointed to the political unrest following the June 2009 presidential election and said there are documents and other evidence proving that MI6, the CIA, and the Mossad attempted to take advantage of the political situation in Iran, with the goal of overthrowing the Iranian government.
She also stated that the embassies of some Western countries, including Britain, France and Germany, were involved in the post-election unrest in Iran and supported the leaders of sedition.
On Saturday, the Iranian daily Kayhan quoted Rousseff as saying, “From now on, we will increase the exchange of information on human rights and cooperation in this regard with Iran. And Western countries, particularly the United States, should wait and see how Brazil will deal with numerous instances of human rights violations in their countries.”
Talking to the Tehran Times on Saturday, Elahian said Rousseff expressed her gratitude after receiving the letter and stated that Brazil does not pursue a selective and discriminatory policy toward human rights issues.
Elahian added that it seems that Rousseff had received false information about certain judicial cases in Iran, including the case of Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, who has been convicted of murder and adultery.
In addition, in an interview with Kayhan published on Saturday, Elahian said, “We have invited the Brazilian president, as a campaigner and popular figure, to visit Iran to help promote bilateral cooperation on human rights issues, and she accepted (the invitation).