Iran accuses France of human rights violations

14th June 2006, Comments 0 comments

TEHRAN, June 13, 2006 (AFP) - Iran's foreign ministry has criticized what it calls human rights violations in France and Britain in a letter to the Austrian presidency of the European Union, the ISNA news agency reported Tuesday.

TEHRAN, June 13, 2006 (AFP) - Iran's foreign ministry has criticized what it calls human rights violations in France and Britain in a letter to the Austrian presidency of the European Union, the ISNA news agency reported Tuesday.

Tehran asked Britain and France to "take effective steps to prevent further violation of human rights", the letter said.

Austria currently holds the EU presidency, which rotates every six months.

"Iran voices its concern and regret over the terrible social and legal situation in France, such as a resumption of street unrest, the introduction of martial law in some cities, the crisis in employment law and attacks on Sorbonne University," the statement said.

It added that France suffers from a "regretful situation in prisons, excessive police brutality, torture and harassment of prisoners, and incorrect policies towards immigrants".

On human rights in Britain, the Iranian foreign ministry said: "Human rights violations have been on the rise in Britain. In the fight against terrorism, civil and religious liberties have been tarnished."

"Detaining people without informing them what they are charged with for a long time, violent treatment by the British Home Office along with humiliation against immigrants and refugees has been reported, so we expect the EU to exert more pressure on Britain to improve its human rights record," the letter added.

"The Islamic Republic of Iran also voices its concern over the treatment of Muslims in those countries, especially Muslim schoolchildren, and therefore seriously asks the EU to prevent moves that insult Muslims in Europe," the letter concluded.

The foreign ministry statement came a week before the annual meeting of the Human Rights Council in Geneva, at which the Iranian judicial system could find itself the subject of criticism.

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