Iran Rejects UN Decision to Appoint Human Rights Monitor

ran has labeled “political” the decision of the top U.N. human rights body to appoint an investigator to monitor human rights abuses in that country.

A spokesman for the Iranian foreign ministry said Friday the decision is “unjust, unjustifiable, and totally political.” He said the move is meant to divert attention from human rights violations in the West, particularly in the United States. 

The Geneva-based U.N. Human Rights Council approved the resolution Thursday with 22 votes in favor, seven against and 14 abstentions.  Four of the 47 member-nations did not vote.

 The council expressed concern over Iran’s crackdown on opposition figures, its increased use of the death penalty and other abuses.

Iran is not a member of the council and has not admitted international human rights experts into the country for at least a decade.

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