RNA - "Constructive talks on human rights issues at international level face three major obstacles. The first one is double-standards. The western states treat one group with one standard and another group with a different set of criteria," Larijani told reporters in Tehran on Wednesday.
He explained that the US, France, Britain, Saudi Arabia and the UAE have hired a number of mercenaries to commit inhumane crimes in certain regional states but they keep mum about these human rights violations, and when a terrorist is executed in Iran, they launch propaganda against the country, and "this is a clear instance of the West's double-standard behavior".
Larijani added that another problem is that resolutions against Israel, Saudi Arabia, the US as the worst violator of human rights, Britain and France are rarely approved by the international bodies, but lots of resolutions have been approved against Iran which is the most successful country in the fight against terrorism.
"The third problem is linking terrorism to human rights as is done by the so-called advocates of human rights today to cover up terrorist actions," he said.
In relevant remarks last year, Larijani underlined that his country is suspicious of the western countries' claims about supporting human rights after witnessing their silence on crimes committed by Saudi Arabia against the war-hit Yemeni people.
According to Fars News Agancy, Larijani made the remarks in a meeting with a European parliamentary delegation in Tehran.
He strongly blasted Saudi Arabia's crimes in Yemen and the West's silence, and said, "Saudi Arabia has killed thousands of innocent women and children in Yemen but it is still supported by the western states and the US."
"Given this double-standard policy, we become suspicious of the westerners' real intention when they speak about human rights in Iran and criticize it and we analyze them within the framework of a collection of political measures," Larijani said.