Iran's ambassador to Russia said that the desecration of the Holy Quran is condemned by all Muslims and followers of other divine religions, and from the point of view of freedom of speech and human rights standards that is considered a great crime by the West.

Iran PressEurope: Copies of the Holy Quran have been burned at several demonstrations in Sweden and Denmark this summer, causing outrage among Muslims and prompting protesters to storm and vandalize the Swedish embassy in Baghdad.

Denmark and Sweden have said they deplore the burning of the Holy Quran but cannot prevent it under rules protecting free speech.

Quran-burning rallies in Sweden and Denmark are examples of the West’s policy of double standards, Iranian Ambassador to Russia Kazem Jalali said at a press conference.

Iran's ambassador to Russia said: "What happened in Sweden and Denmark is a shameful affair from various points of view. This speaks of the West’s double standards."

Jalali highlighted that the "West speaks about the existence of the freedom of speech," while "the burning of the Quran ignores the positions of human rights." "The burning of the Quran ignores the positions of human rights and this triggers the spread of hatred and violence. This contradicts the resolution of the UN Human Rights Council," he noted. 219