Iran rejects West`s criticism over human rights

Iran`s Foreign Ministry has rejected Western nations` criticism of its human rights record, calling it unrealistic and politically motivated.

Updated: Jun 17, 2010, 16:22 PM IST

Tehran: Iran`s Foreign Ministry has rejected Western nations` criticism of its human rights record, calling it unrealistic and politically motivated.

Western nations rebuked Iran in a statement to the UN Human Rights Council this week for what they called a lack of progress in protecting human rights. They cited crackdowns on protesters following Iran`s disputed presidential election last year.

Iran`s Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast was quoted by Iran`s official news agency Thursday as saying the statement attempted to divert public opinion from an Israeli raid on May 31 on a flotilla trying to break Israel`s blockade of the Gaza Strip.
He called the statement "Unreal and with political intentions."

Bureau Report