Iran slams west dual standards in face of protests

Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Nasser Kanaani said that western countries could not hide their anti-human rights nature.

  • Nasser Kanaani
    Nasser Kanaani, spokesperson for the Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Nasser Kanaani said in a statement on his Twitter account on Sunday that the officials of the regimes, which have carried out coups, conspiracies, interventions and wars in which millions of people lost their lives, have recently come to the fore as human rights defenders in other countries.

He also added that despite their false gestures of human rights, they failed to conceal their anti-human rights nature.

Referring to the paradoxical actions of Western countries on the unrest in Iran and the unrest in their own countries, Kanaani sarcastically stated that protests in England, France, Germany, Australia and Canada deserve heavy treatment, but rebellions in target countries deserve support.

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“After separating terrorism as good and bad, the heads of these regimes also define their own unrest and protest. (They believe this) Death is good, but for the neighbor,” he said.

His words came after British prime minister Rishi Sunak promised he would have all the necessary powers to quell the devastating protests. Previously, Britain had imposed illegal sanctions against Iran under the pretext of defending human rights and supporting rebels in Iran.

Rishi Sunak said it was “totally unacceptable” to disrupt people’s lives by a “selfish minority” participating in illegal protests.

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EU official: EU will soon adopt new ‘protest-related sanctions’ against Iran

According to a senior EU official, the Union’s foreign ministers will impose a new set of sanctions against Iran on November 14 to “support the protesters” in the country.

“The Foreign Affairs Council will adopt sanctions at its next meeting that will target Iranian officials and support protesters in this country,” the official said at a closed-door briefing.

EU foreign ministers imposed an asset freeze and travel ban on Iranian morality police, four Iranian public institutions and 11 Iranian people in connection with the riots in Iran.

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Among the main supporters of the sanctions were France and Germany, who believed that Iran’s alleged drone supply to Russia should be viewed as a violation of a UN Security Council resolution.

Iran responded by noting that the EU miscalculated by resorting to sanctions, calling it an “outdated tool” and later announcing that it had imposed sanctions on 20 EU figures and entities. According to the ministry, the sanctions include EU lawmakers, as well as German and French media outlets, organizations and individuals accused of supporting terrorism.

Iran has been the target of Western protests since the death of Mahsa Amini, whose death was wrongfully blamed on Iranian police.

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