Western nations claimed a success on Friday when a U.N. General Assembly resolution condemning human rights violations in Iran passed through a key committee more easily than in the past.
Iran’s bid to halt action on the resolution in the assembly’s third committee — meaning it would have been shelved — was defeated by 81 votes to 71. A similar move on a similar resolution last year was stopped by just one vote.
The committee then passed the resolution by 70 votes to 51, although 60 countries abstained. The resolution goes to the full assembly next month, but diplomats said the outcome was expected to be the same and the key vote was in the committee.