Head of Iran’s Supreme Court Ayatollah Ahmad Mohseni Gorgani said the West is making an instrumental use of human rights and is, thus, not qualified to judge the human rights issues of other world countries.
“Unfortunately, those who claim to be advocates of human rights in the world blatantly trample upon these rights in their lives, presidency, ruling and governance, and they just make an instrumental use of human rights to achieve their inauspicious goals and abuse other states,” Ayatollah Mohseni Gorgani said on Tuesday.
He lashed out at the West for its double-standard attitude towards human rights, reminding that the West has kept mum about the massacre of innocent people in Bahrain, Myanmmar, Mali, Saudi Arabia and other Islamic states, despite all its allegations about human rights.
Iran has always lashed out at the western countries for using human rights issues as a tool and pretext for pressurizing independent states to conceal their own crimes and wrong deeds.
In similar remarks in December, Iran’s Judiciary Chief Ayatollah Sadeq Amoli Larijani lambasted the West’s double-standard policies and stances on human rights issues, and said the hegemonic powers use human rights as an instrument to pressure independent states.
“Unfortunately, the westerners have a completely double-standard look at human rights issues and use them as a tool against the countries which don’t depend on them,” Amoli Larijani said in a meeting with Sri Lankan Justice Minister Rauff Hakeem in Tehran at the time.
He said despite the double-standard views of the West about human rights, the Eastern states have a proper and humane view and “the human rights issue enjoys an exalted position in the Eastern countries”.