Addressing a Judiciary forum in Tehran on Saturday, Rouhani said “no influential figure or other branch of power should influence the rulings of the judges”.
He underlined the Iranian judiciary’s independence, and said, “No one is able to disrespect the judiciary, and the entire country from the highest official who is the Leader of Islamic Ummah and Oppressed People Imam Sayyed Ali Khamenei to all people are equal before the law.”
Rouhani also announced his government’s readiness to help the judiciary in accomplishment of its responsibilities.
Iranian officials have always underlined the independence of the country’s judiciary and criticized the western states for attempting to impose their own human rights principles, which the lack necessary credit, on other countries.
“Unfortunately, the westerners use the human rights issue against those countries which are not on the same political front with them by means of propaganda and their media octopus,” Iran’s Judiciary Chief Sadeq Amoli Larijani said in July.
“They even try to use scientific and research centers and foundations to impose their own human rights principles on the world, while they lack the necessary theoritical backup and show double-standard behavior in this regard in practice,” he added.
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.