Iran offers human rights dialog with Europe
Iran’s Judiciary chief Ayatollah Sadeq Amoli-Larijani has proposed that the Islamic Republic and Europe initiate a dialog on human rights.
Human rights have long been a point of friction between Iran and the West, with Ayatollah Amoli-Larijani saying Europe and the US are making an “instrumental use” of the issue.
"I propose that the High Council for Human Rights initiate a dialog with European countries in the human rights field in cooperation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs," he told a conference on human rights in Tehran Wednesday.
"The main condition for the talks is that this human rights dialog and its contents should be bilateral, instead of Iran merely being subject to questioning," he said.
Ayatollah Amoli-Larijani said Iran has questions about Islamophobia in the West and the way it is treating humans.
"We have also questions about the forced unveiling (of women) at schools and universities in France. In a France where you have to go to jail if you cast a side-glance at Holocaust, is this what human right is?"
The Iranian judiciary chief, however, ruled out any discussion about human rights with the Americans, saying "they are the people of deception and they showed it" in the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).