Iran condemns West's support for terrorist groups

Head of Iran's Human Rights Council Mohammad Javad Larijani deplored the western states for supporting and assisting terrorist groups in materializing their ominous goals, and blasted their deceitful attitude towards human rights.

"Unfortunately, these days terrorist groups have hidden behind this mask (human rights) and the western countries also help them in reaching their goals," Larijani said in a meeting with Chairman of the German Parliament's Committee on Human Rights and Humanitarian Aid Tom Koenigs in Tehran on Saturday, alluding to the terrorist Mojahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO) which is a terrorist organization, but tries to portray itself as an oppressed opposition group.

He also lashed out at the western countries, specially Germany, for their double-standard approach to regional developments, and said while all the western states have embarked on criticizing the Syrian government for the recent incidents in the country, they have kept mum about the crimes committed by the al-Khalifa and Saudi regimes against the Bahraini and Saudi people.

Nearly one year after the eruption of mass protests in Bahrain, the kingdom still kills the opposition, jailing hundreds of activists in a crackdown that has unveiled the Obama administration's support for dictators in the region.

Bahrain's monarchy, since calling in Saudi troops to help crush protests, has been quietly dismantling the country's opposition.

Since February 14, Manama has been conducting a brutal crackdown on protesters who want an end to the rule of the Al-Khalifa dynasty.

In March, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait deployed their troops in Bahrain to reinforce the armed clampdowns.

According to media reports, the harsh crackdown has so far left tens of people dead and hundreds more injured.

Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch have condemned the Bahraini and Saudi regimes for the heavy-handed tactics against civilians in the tiny Persian Gulf state.