Larijani raps Saudis for violating human rights

TEHRAN, Aug. 05 (MNA) – Iranian Parliament Speaker Larijani on Wed. criticized the Saudi regime for their violation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by waging war in Yemen.

Addressing Iranian officials and the ambassadors of Islamic countries to Tehran during a conference held on Wednesday to mark the Islamic Human Rights and Human Dignity Day, Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani criticized Saudi Arabia for violating the tenets of the Universal Declaration on Human Rights (UDHR) for waging war in Yemen.

“The same people who participated in drafting the Declaration on Human Rights in Islam in Cairo, have now launched a military attack that violates all human rights,” said Larijani, referring to Saudi Arabia’s military aggression against Yemen.

He pointed to Saudi’s violation of Article 3 of the United Nations' Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) that stresses the safety of women and children lives during war, adding Saudi airstrikes have repeatedly bombed houses, mosques and bazaars in Yemen, killing women and children in the process.

He further touched upon the atrocities committed by Israel in Palestine, the recent one of which was the 'brutal assassination' of the Palestinian infant that was burnt to death after Israeli settlers set fire to homes in the occupied West Bank.  

He condemned the United States for taking pride in supporting an ‘evil and murderous’ regime and calling its security as its own; “the Zionist regime is founded on opposition to humanity; how is that the Americans who are the so-called flag bearers of new civilization are now proud of backing this regime?”

Larijani then leveled criticism against the Universal Declaration of Human Rights which “does not include all natural rights and only respects some of them.”

“The UDHR does not include spiritual rights and moral development; in the economic sphere, it gives precedence to the capitalist view of more profit; the Declaration has separated the theory of justice from economy; this theory could have better preserved humans’ natural rights,” said Larijani.

The Iranian official then referred to the political aspect of the UDHR, saying it has considered ‘power’ as the basis for rights; “the fact that Iran has signed up to the NPT means we had been already entitled to all the rights that are now considered in the recent nuclear deal; but the West has been exerting pressure and imposing sanctions on us for twelve years based on this reasoning that it is power which determines everything and because ‘we are worried, you do not have the right to enrichment’.”

A ceremony to mark the Islamic Human Rights and Human Dignity Day opened in the Iranian capital Tehran on Wednesday with Iranian officials as well as the ambassadors of Islamic countries to Tehran in attendance.

The Cairo Declaration on Human Rights in Islam (CDHRI) is a declaration of the member states of the Organization of the Islamic Conference adopted in Cairo, Egypt, in 1990 and signed by 45 states so far.


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