Syria says the United States’ latest annual report on human rights around the world is based on “delusions and lies” and represents the “height of hypocrisy” as Washington itself is the largest rights violator both inside and outside its borders.
According to Press TV, earlier this week, the US State Department released the 2020 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices.
On release of the report, Secretary of State Antony Blinken painted a grave picture of the deterioration of human rights in multiple countries and regions throughout the world, including in Russia, Belarus, Kyrgyzstan, China and Syria.
Regarding Syria, the report accused the government of President Bashar al-Assad of “atrocities” against the Syrian people. “Assad’s atrocities against the people of Syria continued unabated, and this year marks ten years of their struggles to live in dignity and freedom,” it claimed.
In a statement on Saturday, Syrian Foreign and Expatriates Ministry dismissed the allegations, saying they have all been taken from reports by terrorist organizations and their supporters and financiers in the region and beyond.
It said the report did not address the real tragedy facing the Syrian people, characterized by terrorism and its financing by the US– which is now openly plundering Syrian oil and wheat.
The people in Syria are suffering in their food, health, and various aspects of life as a result of the inhumane economic blockade that has been imposed by the West with the aim of starving and impoverishing the nation, the statement added.
The ministry further accused Washington of hypocrisy over claims that human rights are a priority in its foreign policy.
The US report, the ministry said, propagates “delusions and lies” about Syria and other countries that do not agree with Washington’s policies.
The Syrian government has repeatedly denounced Washington’s unilateral sanctions as “crimes against humanity,” saying the Western sponsors of terrorism must pay the price for their atrocities against the Syrian nation.