Iran’s Global Center to Support Human Rights unveiled a report on human rights violations in the US in the year 2014.
“Human rights have always been attacked and violated by the world governments, powers and arrogant powers who have also used it as an instrument to suppress independent governments and people across the world,” Head of the Global Center to Support Human Rights in Iran Ahmad Esfandiari said, addressing a ceremony to unveil the report at Tehran University on Monday.
“Today those who claim to be advocates of human rights are themselves the biggest violators of human rights,” he added.
Elaborating on the contents of Iran’s report on human rights violations in the US, Esfandiari said 1,029 black people were killed by the US police in 2014, over 35 people were executed, among them 18 blacks and 5 Hispanics, and 53 people were sentenced to death in the same year.
Noting that over 250,000 children have been tried and punished in the US in 2014, he added that 10,000 children are being kept in the US prisons beside criminals and adolescent inmates.
“The US ranks 46th in the world in freedom of media,” Esfandiari said, but it acts to be the first.
He also announced the Center’s plan to unveil a similar report on the 2013 and 2014 human rights situation in Britain on January 26.
In November, 2010, the Iranian Foreign Ministry issued a report on the violation of human rights by the US inside and outside its borders, and urged Washington to sign the international conventions which prohibit such crimes.
It was stressed in the Foreign Ministry report that the United States, as a self-proclaimed standard bearer of defense for human rights in the world, has despite the international community and the UN demand, and even despite President Barack Obama’s promise, still not shut down the Guantanamo and Abu Ghraib horrendous prisons.
It is stressed in the report that the United States has not yet joined the most important convention related to the economic, social and cultural rights that is among the most important human rights documents.
The Children’s Rights Committee of the United Nations, too, has announced that the United States has been one of the greatest producers and distributors of the world child pornography products, while it is now one of the only two countries in the world that have not yet joined the International Children’s Rights Convention.
On January 27, 2014, Iran’s Basij (Volunteer) Force released a comprehensive report on the violation of human rights by the US inside the country and abroad.
The report was unveiled in a ceremony participated by Commander of Iran’s Basij Force Brigadier General Mohammad Reza Naqdi, Esfandiari who is also the lieutenant commander of Basij Force, Parliament’s First Vice-Speaker Hassan Aboutorabi Fard, Iranian Judiciary Chief Sadeq Amoli Larijani and a number of Judiciary officials and experts.
The report referred to different cases of violation of human rights by the US, including the executions, arbitrary detentions, torture of inmates, violation of people’s privacy, violation of the rights of the minorities, Muslims and native Americans, racism and US President Barack Obama’s opposition to the freedom of expression.