Friday, February 27, 2004

Suleiman Hadad

Suleiman Hadad, "a Syrian legislator and a former assistant foreign minister", says the US should mind its own business and stop "meaningless interference in other countries' internal affairs." This statement was made after a State Department report criticized human rights abuses in Syria. Said Mr. Hadad: "the United States could not talk about human rights as it is an aggressive country, occupying a foreign land."

A Syrian legislator responded Thursday to U.S. criticism of its human rights record by saying the annual U.S. report containing the criticism represented a "blatant and meaningless interference in other countries' internal affairs".

Syria was one of more that 150 countries addressed by the U.S. state department report on human rights which covers numerous issues such as the state of democracy, freedom of speech and religion in countries around the world.

The report, released Wednesday, claimed Syria used torture, significantly, limited the right of free speech and assembly and allowed no political opposition.

Suleiman Hadad, a Syrian legislator and a former assistant foreign minister, told reporters that the United States could not talk about human rights as it is an aggressive country, occupying a foreign land.

He said there was no problem with human rights in Syria, which had embarked on a democratic process.


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