Senior Iranian lawmaker Alaeddin Boroujerdi has condemned Western double standards on human, minority and women rights, saying the West sponsors terrorism.
The chairman of the Iranian Parliament (Majlis) National Security and Foreign Policy Commission, who was addressing the Italian Parliament in Rome, said that there are over one million Muslims in Italy but they do not have a representative in the parliament while Iran has only 20,000 Jews, who are represented in Majlis.
“Today, you are seeking the extradition of a terrorist named Cesare Battisti from Brazil over the murder of four of your fellow countrymen 30 years ago. This is while the Mujahedin Khalq Organization (MKO) terrorist group has martyred 14,000 of Iranians and yet you have removed it from your list of terrorist groups. This is an instance of sponsoring terrorism,” he said.
“We vehemently condemn this move by the European Union,” Boroujerdi was quoted by IRIB as saying on Friday.
Boroujerdi further criticized the West for degrading women through materialistic means and said that Islam promotes women's rights in society and has high regard for women, who have been considered as 'commodities' in the West.
Boroujerdi arrived in Rome on Tuesday for a two-day visit and has so far held talks with a number of Italian authorities.