UN condemns Iran’s response to post-election unrest

A key UN committee has voted to approve a non-binding resolution condemning Iran for its crackdown on protesters following June’s disputed elections.

The resolution also repeated annual criticism of Iran’s human rights record, including the use of torture and an increasing execution rate.

It urged Tehran to end persecution of political opponents and release those imprisoned for their political views.

Iran’s UN ambassador dismissed the resolution as politically motivated.

Mohammad Khazaee said such measures had “created an atmosphere of confrontation and polarisation” at the UN.

Friday’s text was approved by 74 votes to 48 with 59 abstentions, which the US said was “the largest vote margin on such a resolution on Iran in the UN ever”.

‘Deep concern’

Deputy state department spokesman Robert Wood said it demonstrated the international community was “deeply concerned” about the human rights situation in Iran.


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