TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman censured Western governments, including Canada, for using human rights as a tool to exert pressure on other countries.
“When human rights are turned into a plaything and a tool to apply political pressure on others, the media empire of the hegemonic system also helps to replace the accused with the plaintiff in the case of systematic human rights violation,” Nasser Kanaani wrote in a post on Instagram.
He added, “The people of the world have not yet forgotten the sad saga of the forced separation of more than 150,000 indigenous children from their families and the scandal almost a year ago of the discovery of the mass graves of hundreds of those children on the grounds of Canada’s ‘residential schools!’”
“Blurting out words about other countries and hiding behind accusations against others will not change the fact that behind the window of human rights in one of the American government’s closest allies, child killing and disregard for humanity is showing off,” the spokesman further said.
His comments came following baseless accusations leveled by the West over the recent foreign-backed riots in Iran.
The Canadian government has imposed sanctions on a wide range of Iranian institutions and persons over alleged “rights violations” following the recent riots in the country.
Protests over the death of Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old Iranian woman who fainted at a police station on September 16 and was later pronounced dead at a hospital, erupted first in her native province of Kurdistan and later spread to other parts of the country, including Tehran.
The protests soon turned into violent riots, with rioters going on the rampage across the country, attacking security officers, resorting to vandalism against public property, and desecrating religious sanctities.
According to a statement released by the Iranian Intelligence Ministry on Friday, the rioters have been backed by Western regimes and their mercenary media, who disseminated misinformation and distorted the sequence of events that led to Amini’s death even before the official investigation into the incident concludes.