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Baghdad / Obelisk: The Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the United Nations Office in Geneva, Ismail Baghaei Hamaneh, called, in a speech on the occasion of the thirty-fifth anniversary of the chemical attack launched by the former Iraqi regime, on the city of Sardasht, northwest of Iran, to identify and punish those involved in war crimes. Saddam Hussein's use of chemical weapons.
Hamaneh presented, at the explanatory meeting of experts in Geneva, Switzerland, the human rights dimensions of the use of chemical weapons in the war imposed on the Islamic Republic of Iran by the former Iraqi regime during the period 1980-1988.
Baghaei Hamaneh described the inhumane sanctions imposed by the United States in the field of medicine and treatment as a double cruelty to the victims of the Sardasht disaster, referring to the fact that the United States and many other European countries, including Germany and the Netherlands had an undeniable role in equipping Saddam's regime with weapons chemical.
The Iranian diplomat considered the prosecution and punishment of persons involved in the transfer of chemical equipment to Saddam's regime, a legal and moral responsibility of all governments, and made it clear that criminal prosecution and punishment of the perpetrators of war crimes and those who committed these crimes is the duty of all.
By explaining the relationship between international humanitarian law and human rights, he stressed that legal divisions and formulas should not prevent the use of human rights institutions and mechanisms to appeal to national and international authorities to propose and follow up on the legitimate demands of victims of weapons of mass destruction and chemicals and their rights.
He said that achieving justice regarding the chemical attacks against the people of Sardasht requires the seriousness of the countries involved in supplying Saddam's regime with chemical weapons to discover and clarify the facts related to it. As well as identifying and prosecuting the accused.
He referred to the Dutch judiciary's move to prosecute and punish the Dutch businessman, Ran Arad, who is accused of sending chemicals to the former Iraqi regime, and called on other countries to take similar measures to identify and punish those responsible for Saddam's war crimes in the use of chemical weapons.
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