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13:13 | 2012-11-12

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Iran Protests at Western Monopoly over Human Rights

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi on Monday criticized certain countries' monopoly and control over the issue of the human rights, and stated that all countries and nations should have a say in this regard.

"Human rights should not be considered as the private property of a small part of the international community, rather it should become a subject of discussion among all nations and countries," Salehi said, addressing the opening session of the international conference on 'human rights and cultures' underway at the Center for Political and International Studies of the Iranian Foreign Ministry.

He pointed to the discussions made among the representatives of 120 countries during the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) summit in Tehran late in August over the issue of human rights, and said valuable decisions had been made about human rights and protecting human dignity.

"In the final statement, the NAM members … stressed that human rights issues should be dealt with based on cooperation and a constructive approach and without confrontation or discrimination and in a just and fair and unbiased manner and free from political considerations," he underscored.

Iranian officials have always deplored the European officials for their double-standard policies on human rights issues, and said the westerners support the Zionist regime which is the biggest violator of human rights in the world and establish relations with certain regional states which lack democratic ruling systems.

The western states which call themselves as advocates of human rights close their eyes on the Zionist regime's crimes committed against the Palestinian people and meantime they have close relations with the dictator Arab regimes of the region.