Iran's parliament, the Majlis - in session. The body is taking up
measures to impose sanction on U.S. officials for human rights
abuses and the creation of an entire news agency dedictated
to reporting on Western rights abuse.
Kayhan, Islamic Republic of Iran
Majlis to Discuss
Imposing Human Rights Sanctions on U.S. Officials
to this news item from Iran's state-controlled Kayhan newspaper,
abuses of human rights by U.S. officials and the American criminal justice
system are so great, that Iran's parliament, the Majlis, is considering imposing
sanctions on U.S. officials guilty of such abuses. In addition, according to the report, it is also preparing to form an
entire news service dedicated to 'reporting on Western human rights conditions.'
all of the global concern over human rights abuses committed by the United
States, the Majlis [Iran's parliament]
is preparing to discuss the imposition of sanctions against American officials
responsible for human rights violations.
In its meeting on Sunday, the
Majlis' National Security and Foreign Policy Committee will discuss imposing
sanctions on American officials responsible for committing such violations, the
Republic News Agency reported.
Earlier, the chairman of the committee,
Alaeddin Boroujerdi, said that the Islamic Republic is preparing to file suit
against these American officials. This comes as Iran plans the launch of an
English-language news service dedicated to reporting on Western human rights
conditions. Majlis member Muhammad Karim Abedi announced that the new human rights
news agency would seek to improve human rights in the U.S. and Britain.
In May, Amnesty International
slammed the U.S. for indefinite detentions of prisoners in Afghanistan and Guantanamo
Bay prison, as well as its flawed system of capital punishment. In addition, in
October 2010, the United
Nations Human Rights Council released a report expressing serious concern
about human rights abuse by the United States.
The report by the Office of
the High Commissioner for Human Rights pointed to violations and concerns
regarding torture, police brutality, and wide-ranging discrimination that the
U.S. government has failed to properly address.
Systematic violations of
human rights by the U.S. government were detailed in the report, which
indicated that most violations affected African-Americans and other minorities,
particularly Muslims and immigrant communities, bit in and out of the U.S.
The use of torture against
prisoners and detainees by military personnel at Guantanamo Bay prison, as well
as detention centers in Iraq and Afghanistan, were also condemned in the
On Saturday, Majlis Deputy
Speaker Muhammad-Hassan Aboutorabi-Fard said that the U.S. and its allies are
the central source of corruption in the world.
“The U.S. and Western
mercenaries are at the root of corruption, and today, the West has become a
symbol of corruption,” Aboutorabi-Fard said at a meeting on battling corruption.
According to the Mehr News
Agency, in attendance were members of the Economic
Aboutorabi-Fard pointed out
that corruption in the region also emanated from “illegitimate regimes that
lack popular support but that the U.S. protects with oil dollars.”
Aboutorabi-Fard, the Majlis'
senior parliamentarian, went on to say that the Islamic Republic of Iran is at
odds with the United States and its “puppets” over the issue of corruption, and
that Iran was resolute in fighting the scourge. Aboutorabi-Fard reiterated that
Tehran do everything it can to battle corruption and called on all ECO member
states to cooperate to eradicate it.
Cooperation Organization member states have convened in the Iranian capital to
discuss various ways to uproot corruption. The two-day event began on Saturday.
The ECO is a regional intergovernmental
organization established in 1985 by Iran, Pakistan and Turkey, which provides a
platform to promote economic, technical and cultural cooperation. The
organization was expanded in 1992 to include seven new members, including
Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and
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