Jul 01, 2022 19:10 UTC
  • Tehran pledges to pursue cases of Iranians taken hostage by US regime

Iran’s top human rights official says measures have been taken to free Iranian citizens who have been taken hostage by the United States over baseless charges.

Kazem Gharibabadi, secretary of Iran’s High Council for Human Rights and the Judiciary chief’s deputy for international affairs, said on Wednesday that more actions are needed to support Iranian detainees in other countries.

“A number of Iranian nationals have been imprisoned in the US over the fictitious charge of ditching the US’s illegal sanctions. Our duty is to follow up on such hostage-takings made by the American regime,” he told reporters on the sidelines of a conference in Tehran dubbed “revealing American human rights”  which centered on revealing the true nature of American-led human rights.

“We have adopted various measures in this regard so far and of course, more actions are needed,” he said, adding, “One of the measures has been nodding to proposals on prisoner swap in several stages.”

According to Iran’s judiciary, he maintained, foreigners who have been imprisoned inside the country should serve their sentence completely, however, the Judiciary Branch has agreed to such prisoner exchange with more leniency to support Iranian nationals.

Elsewhere in his remarks, Gharibabadi said that the US is one of the major violators of human rights both inside and outside of the country.

“Human rights is only a leverage for America to increase political pressure on independent states in a bid to achieve its own foreign policy aims,” he stressed.