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MP Blasts US for Double Standards on Human Rights Issue

Service : Politic
TEHRAN, Feb 28 (ICANA) – A member of the National Security and Foreign Policy Commission of the Iranian parliament has lashed out at the United States for its double standard policy vi-a-vis the question of human rights.
Monday, February 28, 2011 10:58:23 AM
MP Blasts US for Double Standards on Human Rights Issue

Referring to recent sanctions against two Iranian officials by the US treasury on charges of human rights violations, Mohammad Karami-rad told ICANA: “These types of sanctions only show the US administration’s weakness and desperation.” He said the US government had placed several Iranian individuals in its black list of financial sanctions on various pretexts. “This is nothing new for us,” the MP noted. The United States last week slapped sanctions on the head of the Basij militia and Tehran's prosecutor general for rights abuses during the country's 2009 pro-democracy uprising. The US Treasury said it had designated Mohammad Reza Naghdi, head of a militia that operates under Iran's Revolutionary Guards, and prosecutor Abbas Jafari Dolatabadi, for involvement in "serious human rights abuses in Iran since the June 2009 disputed presidential election." "Today's designations highlight the complicity of two Iranian officials in significant human right abuses against the Iranian people," said Treasury official Adam Szubin in a statement. "Dolatabadi and Naghdi have no place in the international financial system," he said. The sanctions freeze the two men's assets in the United States or held by any US company. In addition, Americans were prohibited from doing any business with them and they cannot receive visas to visit the United States. But the Iranian legislator said the two Iranian officials named by the US Treasury had obviously no account in America to be frozen. He said the US move aimed at sowing discord among Iranian officials. The Treasury said that before becoming Basij head in October 2009, Naghdi was the group's intelligence chief responsible for interrogations of reform leaders and demonstrators at the Kahrizak detention center. "At least three demonstrators are reported to have died as a result of injuries sustained at the Kahrizak detention center," it said. Dolatabadi, who became Tehran's prosecutor general in August 2009, was cited for having arrested protest leaders charged under Islamic sharia with "moharebeh" -- acting as enemies of God -- which brings the death penalty. Those facing the charge were denied due process in their trials, Treasury said. "His office has also targeted and arrested reformists, human rights activists, and members of the media, as part of a broad crackdown on the political opposition," it added. The move was the second against Iran under a US presidential order in September permitting the Treasury to sanction foreign officials for human rights violations. On September 29, eight ministers, security officials and law officials, including Naghdi's predecessor, were sanctioned. The human rights-based sanctions are separate from a long series of Treasury sanctions on Iran linked to its suspected nuclear weapons program. The White House said that more Iranians could be hit with rights-related sanctions "based on events in Iran, and as additional information and evidence becomes available." "The historic events unfolding in the Middle East underscore the importance of protecting human rights around the world, which all nations have a responsibility to uphold," it said in a statement. "The people of Iran should be able to express their opinions and their grievances without fear of reprisal from their government ... We will continue to hold accountable those who infringe upon those universal rights."

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