Kayhan, Islamic Republic of Iran

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


According 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.'


May 21, 2011


Islamic Republic of Iran - Kayhan - Home Page (English)

TEHRAN: Amid 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 Islamic 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 report.


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 Cooperation Organization.


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.    



Representatives Economic 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 Uzbekistan.

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