“Today, claimants of freedom and human rights insult the Holy Quran. This shows their humiliation,” Ebrahim Raeisi said on Thursday while addressing a local conference in Tehran.
“Their act is an insult to all Abrahamic religions,” he stressed.
“These false claimants of freedom of expression are insulting humanity with their heinous act,” he said, adding, “In fact, the biggest claimants of human rights are the biggest violators of these rights.”
The remarks come as the desecration of the Holy Quran in Sweden and the Netherlands has drawn wide condemnation from across the world, especially from Muslim countries.
Notorious Danish-Swedish extremist Rasmus Paludan burned a copy of the Holy Book in the Swedish capital of Stockholm on Saturday after receiving the permit for his act of sacrilege from the Swedish government.
He was under the protection of the police while conducting the act of desecration.
Two days later, Dutch politician Edwin Wagensveld, the head of the far-right PEGIDA, tore pages out of the holy book before setting them on fire in front of the parliamentary building in the Hague.
A video posted on his social media accounts showed Wagensveld claiming he received permission from local authorities for “the destruction of the Quran.”
The sacrilegious moves have drawn widespread condemnation in the Muslim world.