“Human rights has turned into a political tool in the hands of a number of countries which claim to support human rights," Qaribabadi told FNA. "Why the US, Canada and Britain don’t allow a special rapporteur to compile a report on their human rights situation?" he asked.
Qaribabadi recently voiced his concerns about human rights violations in a number of Western countries, particularly in cases concerning racial profiling in the United States and attempts by the United Kingdom to remove any mention of US-UK cooperation from the US Senate's report on CIA interrogation practices.
In mid-December, Ahmad Esfandiari, the head of the International Human Rights Center in Iran, said the center sent a letter to the United Nations, asking it “to provide the ground for the presence of the center's independent human rights rapporteurs in the US."
Earlier this month, senior Iranian cleric Ayatollah Seyyed Ahmad Khatami called the United States the world’s leader in human rights violations, referring to CIA interrogation techniques as “medieval.”