Iran criticizes Saudi re-election to UN human rights council

TEHRAN -- Iran has criticized the re-election of Saudi Arabia to the UN Human Rights Council.


A Sunday report by the official IRNA news agency quotes Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi as saying that the election is, "the best indication that human rights is merely in direction of political interests."


Regional rivals Iran and Saudi Arabia have no diplomatic relations and support opposite sides in conflicts in Syria and Yemen.


Iraq, Egypt, China, Brazil, Rwanda, Hungary, Cuba, South Africa, Japan, Tunisia, the US and UK also won seats Friday on the council.


Human rights groups had called on countries to reject the candidacy of Saudi Arabia, which has been accused of indiscriminate attacks against civilians in Yemen. A Saudi-led military coalition is battling Iran-backed Shiite rebels there.


פרסום ראשון: 10.30.16, 15:15