UN Concern over Human Rights in Iran

On November 21st the Third Committee of the United Nations’ General Assembly, which considers human rights issues, approved a draft resolution expressing “serious concern” over the human rights situation in Iran, including the escalation of violations against Iranian Baha’is. The resolution, which was put forward by Canada, passed by a vote of 70 to 48 and will now go to the General Assembly plenary for a vote in December.

The adopted draft resolution would have the General Assembly call upon the Government of Iran to ensure full respect for the rights to freedom of assembly, opinion and expression and to eliminate the use of torture and other cruel forms of punishment, as well as discrimination based on religious, ethnic, linguistic and gender grounds.

Sources / Links:
Full story on Baha’i World News Service
UN Press Release on Draft Adoption

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