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Iran Rejects Western Criticism Of Human Rights Record


Iran has rejected Western criticism of its human rights record during a meeting of a UN human rights body in Geneva.

Mohammad Javad Larijani, secretary general of Iran's High Council for Human Rights, lashed out on October 31 at what he called the West's attempts to "impose your lifestyle under the banner of human rights", including gay rights.

He was speaking at the U.N. Human Rights Council during a more than three-hour-long review of Tehran's record.

Western countries accuse Iran of repression and a sharp rise in executions, including that of a woman hanged for murdering a man she accused of trying to rape her.

Reyhaneh Jabbari was hanged on October 25 for the killing after the dead man's relatives refused to grant her a reprieve within a 10-day deadline set by sharia law.

Based on reporting by Reuters and AFP
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