Dec 10, 2019 18:03 UTC
  •  EU foreign policy chief's human rights claims rely on false, biased information: Iran

Iran has rejected the latest claims by the newly chosen High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell about recent violent riots in several Iranian cities, saying the allegations have been based on “incorrect and biased information.”

According to Press TV, Foreign Ministry Spokesman Abbas Mousavi said on Tuesday that the Islamic Republic “rejects any instrumental and political use of [the issue of] human rights against independent countries.”

Respecting human rights, the official added, is a principle and a necessity of national security for the Islamic Republic as a democratic system.

Iran’s “performance over the past four decades clearly shows our country’s seriousness in promoting human rights and protecting the rights of people, and holding gatherings is among the recognized rights of people in the Islamic Republic,” he said.

Elsewhere in his remarks, the Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesperson also said that exploiting people’s right to protest in order to launch attacks and carry out acts of vandalism is not acceptable, and that it is not tolerated in Europe either.

Mousavi added that the Islamic Republic is determined to investigate various aspects of the recent incidents in the country.

“Definitely, measures will be taken to compensate those who were hurt in the demonstrations in the same way that necessary legal action will be adopted against the armed thugs and looters of people’s properties,” he pointed out.

“We call on the European Union to seriously heed the violation of human rights in some [EU] member states or in its allied states, [its failure] to fulfill its commitments under the JCPOA (the nuclear deal, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action) and the violation of rights of more than 80 million Iranian citizens due to the inhumane and unilateral sanctions imposed by the US,” the Iranian spokesman said.