Rationale against Human Rights
Larijani: To Hell with Western Displeasure with our Human Rights Record
Abdorrahman Boroumand Foundation
August 4, 2016
Iran-EU future Human Rights dialog
Describing Westerners as secular and liberal, and [citizens’] security as the foundation of the establishment of Western governments, Mohammad Javad Larijani said: Western civilization is the product of the behaviour of Westerners. Europeans have proposed a dialogue with Iran on human rights. But they want to talk from a predisposed stance and impose their own views.
He continued: Should any negotiations take place, they would be vigorously monitored by the Judiciary’s Human Rights Council. We will not allow the West to impose its own rationale on human rights.
The head of the Judiciary’s Human Rights Council said that by depriving a nation of its chosen Islamic way of life we would be committing the biggest crime against humanity. He added: We are ready to talk with regards to performances, but the Westerners should not put themselves forward as role models. The Judiciary’s Human Rights Council has given our country’s Foreign Ministry the topic of the talks. And Mr Zarif has had some progress in the preliminary talks with [European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy] Ms [Federica] Mogherini on the subject.
Highlighting the previous human rights negotiations between Iran and the West, Larijani said: We have a bitter experience from the previous disparaging talks with the West and the new round of talks aim to avoid a repeat of those bitter experiences of the past. In that period, they were bent on criticizing us and we had to answer their questions. To hell with them if they are displeased with us; it is not as if we are supposed to win their hearts.
He added: In the previous talks, they connected negotiations to other issues. For instance, if Germany wanted to sell us cars, its chancellor would tell us: ‘Release such and such prisoners.’ That is the most ridiculous human rights dialogue.
Larijani ascribed the proposal to discuss the subject of human rights with the West to the emergence of new opportunities and chances for communication as a result of the new open atmosphere for humanity. He said: Whether the West likes it or not, we are striving to open up the atmosphere for Muslim nations. The Westerners do not welcome such talks. They want to start something like the JCPOA [Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action] 2, 3, 4 or 5, and then say we are opening the banks’ taps a little bit for you, and you should also allow ut to make Islamophobic remarks. He noted: The delegation in human rights talks with the West will be made up of jurists, judiciary officials, and interested politicians.
Stating that over 90 percent of Western attacks in relation to human rights are aimed at the Judiciary, he said: The West asks us why our civil system is based on Islamic laws,
and why we do not allow the establishment of a political trend that is against Islamic thought and system, or why we are fighting terrorism.
Remarking that the Westerners support the kind of human rights that give birth to Al-Qaidah, Daish [Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant] and terrorists, Larijani said: How come the Westerners consider the Hypocrites [reference to the Mojahedin-e Khalq Organization - MKO] who assassinated 20,000 people in our country to be human rights defenders.
We are not happy at carrying out many executions but it is because we have a relentless war against narcotics.
Larijani continued: Thanks to the presence of NATO generals in Afghanistan, poppy cultivation in that country has increased by 40 times. Those generals use thet opiate in the evenings. But since they have such large quantities of opiate, they probably send the remainder to Berlin. We fight them. We have given thousands of martyrs to the relentless war against drugs. We have some profound and fundamental problems with Western rhetoric on the death penalty.
Reiterating that the Westerns are liars concerning human rights he said: We have to ask them how can the state of human rights be good in a country where there is no democracy? The West’s allies in the region are bloodthirsty dictators.
If a little kitten in London has an accident, five ambulances turn up, environmental activists go up in arms, and the people burst into tears. But is it human rights when countless children are killed by Western weapons, policies, advisers and puppets in Yemen, Afghanistan, and Iraq? Is it human rights to flood the UN with petrodollars when it is trying to let out a quiet scream on these issues.
Larijani described the main reason for [UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in Iran] Ahmad Shaheed’s departure to the Islamic Republic of Iran’s policies, saying: We were giving precise and technical answers to all the questions posed by that rapporteur.
Ahmad Shaheed’s performance is a product of improper propaganda, abuse of responsibility at the UN, baseless accusations, defence of terrorism and being a tool in the hands of countries that are very harmful and violate human rights.
Elsewhere in the interview, Larijani highlighted the investigation into the catastrophe of the martyrs of Mina [2015 Hajj stampede in Saudi Arabia], saying: It is thanks to the supreme leader’s rebuke that the cases of each of the martyrs of that catastrophe were looked into. The Mina catastrophe was a crime against humanity and a Zionist conspiracy aimed at undermining the Abrahamic Hajj.
Noting that the catastrophe must be investigated at international tribunals, and that it was being followed up by the [Iranian] government,
he said: Grounds have not been prepared for filing a complaint at international tribunals, and the issue is being pursued at the UN Security Council. A complaint about the issue is in the process of being instituted and the work for the preliminaries for a hearing is in progress.
Stating that over 90 percent of the executions in the country are drugs related, he said: A review of the legislation on the fight against these drugs could reduce the number of these executions by 20 to 30 percent.
He added: Those who committed a crime when they were under the age of eighteen, are executed in special circumstances and at the discretion of the judge once they have reached the legal age [for the death penalty]. Qisas [lex talionis] is not the right of the government but rather the right of the citizens.
The government’s role in respect of qisas extends as far as striving to obtain the mercy and forgiveness of the victims’ parents. Some 40-45 percent of the Islamic system has been successful in promoting the culture of forgiveness and mercy. However, qisas has a very potent rationale.