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MP Criticizes Deteriorating Conditions of Women in US Prisons.

Summary: TEHRAN (FNA)- A senior Iranian legislator condemned the bad conditions of women in US prisons, and called on Washington to respect human rights instead of meddling in the internal affairs of the other countries.

"The US law condemns a mentally unbalanced woman to execution but based on our internal laws if a woman or man has mental problems and commits a crime, he/she will not be punished," Seyed Mohammad Javad Abtahi told FNA on Sunday.Abtahi further pointed to the US hues and cries about the case of Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, a 43-year-old Iranian woman sentenced to death for adultery, and reminded Washington officials that the case is not comparable with the files studied in the US courts and the conditions of the American women in the US jails and detention centers.He blasted the US for its interference in Iran's internal affairs, and said any country which meddles in the other countries' affairs shows its weakness because it is attempting to divert the public opinion from its internal problems.World people in September witnessed execution of Teresa Lewis, a low IQ Virginia woman, who died by lethal injection in the US, an event all nations condemned as a clear violation of human rights by the United States.The human rights conditions in the US and its crimes and cruelties in different parts of the world have been under harsh criticism by different countries, specially after Washington's invasion of Afghanistan and Iraq.Following intensified violations of human rights in the US, representatives of 98 world countries embarked on studying the United States' human rights violations and conditions at a Universal Periodic Review (UPR) meeting of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva on November 4.This was the first time that the United States' human rights conditions were reviewed at the UN Human Rights Council. This is while the US assumes itself as the role model and yardstick of respect for human rights despite the huge pile of human rights violations cases in the country.The Human Rights Council is an inter-governmental body within the UN system made up of 47 states responsible for strengthening the promotion and protection of human rights around the globe.In relevant development, Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said in September that Tehran has prepared a list of Iranian nationals who are in US jails for false charges, and added that he is closely pursuing the issue. Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of the 65th session of the UN General Assembly, Mottaki said that the issue of the Iranian captives would be one of the main topics that he would discuss with the UN chief, Ban Ki-moon, during his visit to the UN headquarters. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad also said in September that the US has recently detained and held eight Iranian nationals illegally and based on false allegations. President Ahmadinejad said in an interview with the Russian TV that the Iranian captives were arrested in third countries by US agents under "false accusations" and transferred here to US jails. "This is abduction and does not fit in with any legal system. They (Iranians) had traveled to other countries with official visas but were arrested by Americans," Ahmadinejad stated at the time, "Americans have not observed the international law. They should review their conduct and allow the detainees to return home."

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Date:Nov 14, 2010
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