Strategic Council Online-Interview: A university professor of Middle East studies says Saudi Arabia should be taken accountable by the international community for the crimes its crown prince has committed.
Tag: Human rights
Strategic Council Online – Europeans say that if the release of Taliban prisoners by the Afghan and US governments is to be a sign of confidence in the start of intra-Afghan negotiations, the Taliban must take further confidence-building steps. Therefore, from the European point of view, the release of 5,000 Taliban forces, even without a positive outlook for a peace agreement, is tactically very dangerous.
Nozar Shafiee – Expert and Researcher on Subcontinent Issues
Strategic Council Online – After the end of the Cold War, economic sanctions were widely used by major world powers as an active tool in foreign policy. An economic embargo is a policy in which the goal is to change a third country’s position on an issue, change its behaviour and performance, and ultimately change the political system of the country in question. This is done by applying economic pressures and restrictions and harming the welfare of society in the target country. The United States holds the record for imposing the most sanctions since a hundred years ago and has imposed more sanctions than the United Nations Security Council and other countries.
Farzan Ghasemi – Researcher at the Office of Economic Diplomacy, Imam Sadegh University
Strategic Council Online – A professor of international law said: “The mere fact that the United Nations has published a critical report against the United States regarding the assassination of Martyr Soleimani and has come to the conclusion that a number of facts must be presented is a victory for Iran because this organization is basically not capable of such actions.
Strategic Council Online – The US-China confrontation covers a wide range of issues, including trade and economy, security and military, and political and human rights issues.
Seyed Reza Mirtaher – Expert in Military and Strategic Issues
Strategic Council Online – An analyst of Asian affairs referring to the type of acting by China and the United States in the Korean Peninsula said: “Given the reluctance of the two powers to face a serious confrontation in the current situation, it is predicted that the decision taken by North Korea to suspend military action against South Korea is in line with the interests of the major actors and therefore has no significant impact on the countries concerned.
Strategic Council Online – Explaining the reasons for the rise of anti-racism protests in Europe, a geopolitical professor said: “Trump’s hatred of Europe has spread, and even European officials wish such a president would not come to power again. People’s sentiments over the racist treatment of blacks by the US police have been hurt, and as long as they do not make an achievement these demonstrations would naturally continue.”
Strategic Council Online: A university professor says US President Donald Trump’s order to set sanctions against staff of the International Court of Justice at The Hague shows that the Americans know no limits in committing all sorts of crimes. He added: “In the past, the Americans were never convicted for the crimes they committed in the past, but today a major substantial shift is taking shape globally and with the growing awareness and understanding of the world people they will react to these atrocious acts and behaviors.”
Strategic Council Online: A professor of geopolitics says the different approaches in treating patients with corona disease showed that human rights in some countries claiming to advocate them are being forgotten in certain situations in the fight against infectious diseases or outbreak of war. He added that it must be seen what would be the position of countries and the so-called defenders of human rights in the face of these events in post-corona period.
Strategic Council Online: A Middle East affairs analyst, explaining the most important concerns Saudi leaders have about the upcoming US election, said: “Saudi Arabia has accepted that it is in urgent need of US support in the global power structure; for the same reason it is trying to maintain its bonds with Washington.”
Strategic Council Online: For years, the United States incited people in Iran to take to the streets, set things on fire, destroy, kill, and called them freedom-lovers and officially supported them beyond civil protests. The United States announced loudly that regime change in Iran was near so much so that it claimed Iranians will not see their 40th anniversary of the revolution. The United States applied maximum pressure on the Iranian nation by using all the tools at its disposal and expected the Iranians not to survive under the pressure of sanctions and to kneel, and thus the establishment would collapse in Iran.
Strategic Council Online: Regarding the coordination of European approaches and policies with the United States, especially during the presidency of Donald Trump, it should be noted that Europeans are strategically aligned with the Americans, but the way to realize their goals and tactics is different from Washington.
Morteza Maki – Expert on European Affairs
Strategic Council Online: Former chief of Afghanistan Headquarter at the IRI Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that the challenge created in Afghanistan after the presidential election was due to US intervention, adding that the Afghan government and people trust Iran and therefore Tehran can play a constructive role in resolving the crisis.
Strategic Council Online: A West Asian affairs analyst said that Canada’s decision to resume arms sales to Saudi Arabia in open violation of human rights laws in the country, originates from the severe economic recession faced by the Ottawa government. “Human rights claims by Western democracies are used as showoff tools to influence the behaviour of certain statesmen,” he said.
An international law expert referring to the role of the United Nations in dealing with US-sanctioned countries in their fight against the Coronavirus said the sanctions targeting the health system, and medical and pharmaceutical equipment must be lifted as soon as possible. He said the United Nations and the Secretary-General by playing an active role in this respect should strongly oppose the continuation of these evil policies.
Strategic Council Online: A university professor cited US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s goals behind his recent visit to Saudi Arabia, saying the trip was largely meant to prevent Iran from conducting bilateral talks with some countries in the region. He said the US wants to tell Saudi Arabia once again that it does not need to get closer to Iran because Washington will continue its policy of maximum pressure against Iran.
Strategic Council Online: The United States uses the label of support for terrorism to tarnish Iran’s image. Iran needs to make revelations to counter these allegations by Washington. In fact, the main weakness of our country is the question of publicity. In other words, Iran should clarify these issues for the world people
Abdolreza Farajirad – Expert on Geopolitical Issues
Strategic Council Online: By dispatching an American delegation to the Davos Summit in Riyadh, President Donald Trump is trying to change the ruthless image of Bin Salman in the media and public opinion around the world, including Asia, Europe, America and Africa following the heinous murder of Jamal Khashoggi.
Strategic Council Online: A university professor says Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman has given up some of his political misconduct over the past year, adding: “Saudi Arabia has human rights problems, but thanks to rich bank accounts, Riyadh has not come under real European and US pressure because for them the Saudi petrodollars are more attractive than the human rights situation.”
Strategic Council Online: An international relations lecturer noted that Saudi Arabia and its crown prince were under intense pressure over the killing of Saudi dissident journalist Gamal Khashoggi. He said accepting responsibility by Bin Salman will not take the burden off his shoulders.