Following are excerpts from an address by Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki, which aired on the Iranian news channel (IRINN) on November 23, 2006.
Manouchehr Mottaki: Canada's recent measure [condemning human rights violations in Iran] is a completely baseless measure, which the West has been using in recent years. The West employs this measure as a political tool, which is based on double standards and selectivity, when it comes to human rights. The record of... The way Canada's masters - America and the West – behave with regard to human rights in the region is absolutely indefensible. The secret prisons throughout the world, run by America, and the tortures from the barbaric age at Abu Ghureib and Guantanamo, have left no room for the claims of the West to be defending human rights.
As for all the countries that remained silent in the face of America's crimes in Iraq, in Guantanamo, and in the secret detention facilities worldwide – we consider them to be accomplices of America. Canada had better answer to the human community with regard to its behavior toward its own natives and with regard to their current condition. Canada has committed horrible, yet modern, violations against its natives, and for the first time, we have now drafted a U.N. resolution regarding this issue.