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Iran Blasts West’s Opposition to Islamic Human Rights Declaration

5 August 2015 22:28



Secretary of Iran’s Human Rights Council Mohammad Javad Larijani lashed out at the western states for their opposition to the Declaration on Human Rights in Islam (CDHRI), stressing that Muslims would never accept to be bullied or ruled by foreign values.

“The western governments’ opposition to the declaration (CDHRI) is not acceptable,” Larijani said, addressing a ceremony held to grant the International Islamic Human Rights award in Tehran on Wednesday.

“We respect the experience of the West but never accept the imposition of the western lifestyle on us,” he added.

Larijani underlined that the CDHRI doesn’t intend to impose the Islamic human rights values on other countries either.

The CDHRI is a declaration of the member states of the Organization of the Islamic Conference adopted in Cairo, Egypt, in 1990, which provides an overview on the Islamic perspective on human rights, and affirms Islamic sharia as its sole source. CDHRI declares its purpose to be “general guidance for Member States (of the OIC) in the field of human rights”.

This declaration is widely acknowledged as an Islamic response to the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), adopted in 1948. It, meantime, guarantees many of the same rights as the UDHR.

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