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UN denounces rights violations in Iran

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The UN General Assembly has approved a resolution denouncing serious human rights violations in Iran, including “flogging, dismemberment and an increase in executions.”

AFP reports that on Monday, the UN General Assembly issued a resolution to condemn the “serious and continuous violation of human rights” in Iran. The resolution, which was put forth by Canada, was approved 89 – 30 with 64 abstentions.

The resolution also focuses on problems faced by ethnic and religious minorities, including Kurds, Azeris, Arabs, Baluchis, Bahais, Christians, Jews, Dervishes, Sunnis and Zoroastrians.

The UN General Assembly calls on the Islamic Republic to cooperate with the UN in supervising human rights conditions in Iran.

Mohammad Khazai, Iran’s permanent representative at the United Nations, tried to block approval of the resolution, insisting that human rights cases should be left to the Geneva-based Human Rights Council so they can be judged “without politicization, favouritism and double standards.”

He also criticized human rights violations in Canada and the U.S., countries that have been pressing for resolutions against Iran for human rights violations.

The Islamic Republic has refused entry to Ahmad Shaheed, the UN rapporteur on human rights, holding to the position that human rights claims against it are politically motivated.