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States With Poor Record Must Not Judge Iranian Human Rights Situation

  12/7/2012
 Member of Parliament from Armenian Community of northern Iran Karen Khanlari said yesterday the countries with poor human rights record must not judge Iranian human rights situation. He made the comment in reaction to recent United Nations draft statement condemning their alleged human rights violations in Iran. He said that he believes adoption of the draft statement is due to political motivations. He said western countries embark on taking such measure once in a while to serve their own political interests. Noting that there is no single standard to examine the human rights records of world countries, he further dismissed as inappropriate to apply diverse standards for human rights records of different countries. The parliamentarian added, despite the fact that countries like Saudi Arabia easily violate human rights, the western governments turn a blind eye towards them. Referring to the satisfactory status of religious minorities in Iran, Khanlari said religious minorities enjoy quite agreeable situation in Iran and have their own representative in the parliament. This is while, he added, in many countries including the western countries, religious minorities are being refused the right to send their own representatives to the parliament and the religious minority representatives lack equal footing with other members of the parliaments. However, Khanlari noted, religious minority representatives in Iranian parliament both focus on the exclusive issues pertaining to their communities and also have the right to vote for any other legal issue.

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