Mar 13, 2019 19:08 Asia/Tehran
  • America’s double standards on Human Rights: Accusing Tehran, Excluding Riyadh

The US State Department accused Iran of violating human rights in its annual report while avoiding any mention of gross human rights violations in Saudi Arabia.

Iran Press/America: The US State Department's human rights report for 2018, released Wednesday, accused several countries, including Iran, of violating human rights within their borders on a daily basis.

Speaking to reporters, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo claimed that the Iranian government had killed more than 20 people and arrested thousands without due process for protesting for their rights, “continuing a pattern of cruelty the regime has inflicted on the Iranian people for the last four decades,” Reuters reported. 

Iran has categorically rejected all human rights allegations leveled by the US State Department. 

The annual report noted Saudi Arabia's killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, but avoided all mention of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who, according to US intelligence agencies, ordered the pre-meditated murder of Khashoggi.

Khashoggi, 59, an outspoken critic of Mohammed bin Salman, disappeared after he entered the Saudi diplomatic mission in Istanbul, Turkey on 2 October 2018, to complete some paperwork for his forthcoming marriage.

Jamal Khashoggi's murder, sparked international outcry and caused a big scandal for Saudi Arabia.

For years, Saudi Arabia has gotten away with funding terrorism and extremism, suppressing the rights of its own people and silencing its critics, often by killing them.

Washington ignores egregious human rights violations by Saudi Arabia, to counter Iran, and to secure lucrative financial deals with Riyadh. 101/211

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