Tehran condemns anti-Iran resolution issued after school poisoning
Iran’s human rights official has condemned a resolution by the European Parliament over the suspected poisoning incidents at schools referring to thousands of Iranians who lost their lives as a result of Western-backed chemical attacks launched by former Ba’ath regime in Iraq.
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Kazem Gharibabadi, secretary of Iran’s High Council for Human Rights and the Judiciary chief’s deputy for international affairs, made the remarks in a post published on his Twitter page.
“The upshot of supply of chemical warfare by Germany, the United States, France, Britain and the Netherlands to [executed Iraqi dictator] Saddam Hussein: 13,000 civilian deaths and 130,000 chemical victims in Iran,” he tweeted.
Gharibabadi noted that the June 1987 chemical attack on the western Iranian city of Sardasht killed over a hundred civilians and injured another 8,000 people.
The chemical bombardment of Halabja town in the Kurdistan region also left some 5,000 civilians dead and around 10,000 others injured, the Iranian judiciary official said.
“For the attention of the so-called advocates of human rights: This is also a crime against humanity. Please, deal with it!” Gharibabadi pointed out.
European lawmakers issued a statement on Thursday, calling on the UN Human Rights Council to conduct an independent investigation into a wave of suspected poisonings in schoolgirls in Iran. The motion was passed by 516 votes in favor, five against and 14 abstentions.
Since November 2022, some Iranian students have reported symptoms of poisoning while in school.
The outbreak started in the central city of Qom before expanding to other cities. In most cases, students suffered respiratory problems, nausea, fatigue and dizziness, while some were hospitalized.
Earlier this month, Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei saud the poisoning was an “unforgivable and big” crime, calling on authorities to seriously pursue the issue.
Iran’s President Ebrahim Raeisi has also ordered the ministers of intelligence and interior to follow up on the poisoning cases.
“The enemy’s new conspiracy of creating fear in the hearts of students… and their parents is a crime and an inhumane act,” he said during a cabinet meeting on March 5.