Sunday, April 09, 2006

Mehr News: "Iran laments human rights situation in U.S."

From Iran's Mehr News Agency:
In a press release on Sunday, the Foreign Ministry announced that the United States is not in a position to judge the human rights situation in other countries.

The U.S. has a very reprehensible record on human rights and democracy, the press release read.

“With a total of 5,180,000 instances of criminal violence annually, it has the world’s number one position in regard to the number of prisoners…”

The Foreign Ministry statement also pointed out that there are numerous racially motivated murders in the U.S.

“A total of 37 million people in the U.S. live in poverty, and systematic efforts are underway to institutionalize racism and put pressure on immigrant minorities.

“Telephone conversations are tapped by the FBI and CIA, and both organizations have access to personal e-mails. The U.S. administration controls the media with the Pentagon distributing reports to television networks.

“Elections are too costly and far from democratic standards. For instance, more than $100 million was spent on the municipal elections in New York.

“Presidential elections are rigged. And the most regrettable fact is that, by establishing various prisons in Europe and other parts of the world, U.S. President George W. Bush has lowered the position of U.S. president to the level of jailor.”

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