Iran rebuffs Israel over rights


Iran rebuffed Israeli censure over its human rights record.

Iran’s ambassador to the United Nations, Mohammad Khazaee, responded this week to a letter from the Israeli delegation to U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urging global action against the systematic abuse of human rights in the Islamic Republic.

“Israel’s futile attempt to raise allegations against others’ human rights situation is nothing but a preposterous, and indeed tired, practice to distract the international community’s attention from its shameful human rights record,” Khazaee said in his letter, a copy of which was obtained by The Associated Press.

Israel and Iran have traded barbs frequently at the United Nations in recent months given the increasing virulence of anti-Zionist rhetoric out of Tehran and its defiance of Security Council sanctions aimed at curbing the Iranian nuclear program.

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