Iranian President Ebrahim Raeisi has sharply condemned Western countries for their handling of double standards of human rights abuses by certain countries and the inaction of so-called lawyers in the face of such violations.
Raeisi made the remarks on Monday in response to the recent mass execution of 81 inmates in Saudi Arabia who were executed on alleged terrorism charges, but most of whom were jailed on political grounds and for exercising their right to freedom of expression.
“We condemn the use of double standards [to human rights violations] by Western countries and the instrumental use of the concept of human rights, as well as the silence and inaction of countries that claim to be defenders of these rights,” the Iranian leader said.
Raeisi added that such an approach to dual standards of human rights “exposes the hypocrisy of these [Western] Countries that exploit the concept of human rights in the service of their own political ends and against independent governments.”
“International organizations, the free media and those affected [international] Bodies need to end their silence on this,” he said.
This was announced by the Saudi state press agency in one go Notice on Saturday that Saudi Arabia had executed 81 prisoners for “terrorist offences” in a single day, in the largest mass execution carried out by the highly conservative Arab kingdom in recent memory.
It added that the inmates executed included seven Yemenis and one Syrian, who claimed the suspects had been convicted of a variety of crimes, including murders and membership in militant groups.
Advisor to the Führer: The silence of international “right-wing organizations” paved the way for the massacre in Saudi Arabia
In a related development, a senior adviser to Islamic Revolution leader Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei responded to the mass executions in Saudi Arabia on Monday, saying the silence from so-called international legal organizations had laid the groundwork for such a massacre.
Ali Akbar Velayati, who is also Secretary-General of the World Assembly of Islamic Awakening, issued a statement strongly condemning the Saudi Arabian government’s crime in the mass execution of 81 political prisoners.
“This blatant massacre has shed more light on the true nature of Saudi leaders and such a brazen crime will undoubtedly go down in history. Those who ordered and carried out this crime, despite their blatant claim to defend human rights, are being condemned by freedom seekers around the world,” Velayati said.
In another part of the statement, Velayati addressed the calm that international organizations and so-called judicial bodies are maintaining regarding the ongoing repression and crimes against Muslim people in the region.
“Despite all these crimes committed at the behest of the [global] Arrogance and conspiracies aiming to weaken the regional Muslim countries… the silence of international organizations and so-called judicial bodies has provided the necessary basis for further aggression and further crimes, including the [recent] Open massacre in Saudi Arabia. This problem needs to be loudly condemned,” he said.
Velayati concluded by stating that the unity of Muslims and the Islamic world is necessary to counteract such inhuman acts.
Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh on Sunday strongly condemned the mass execution of over 80 people by the Saudi government, calling it an inhumane measure that violates fundamental principles of human rights and international law.
“Execution and [the use of] Unbridled violence is not a solution to self-created crises, and the Saudi government cannot use such measures to cover up its political and legal chaos and oppress people,” he said.
The mass execution in Saudi Arabia has sparked a strong outpouring of condemnation from various Islamic and Saudi opposition groups, who say most of those executed were jailed solely for exercising their right to freedom of expression.
In a statement on Sunday, the Lebanese resistance movement Hezbollah also condemned the recent mass execution in Saudi Arabia, saying it reveals the true face of the Saudi regime, which practices the ugliest forms of sectarian discrimination.