(21 November 2010) The International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran welcomed the resolution concerning Iran’s grave human rights violations, adopted today by the Third Committee of the United Nations General Assembly (GA).
“We embrace the adoption of this resolution and encourage UN member states to continue focusing international attention on Iran’s dismal rights record,” said Campaign spokesperson Hadi Ghaemi.
The draft resolution was adopted with 86 votes in favor, 32 against, and 59 abstentions. Mohammad Javad Larijani, Iran’s highest human rights official, spent this last week in New York defending Iran’s human rights record and addressed the GA just prior to the vote, attempting, unsuccessfully, to rally opposition to the resolution.
“Iran can try to whitewash its record all it wants but time and again distinct UN bodies come to the conclusion that the government’s treatment of its people is inhumane and can no longer be ignored,” added Ghaemi.
In just the past two months, three separate and independent UN authorities, the General Secretary, Ban Ki Moon, the UN Human Rights Committee, and the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Iran, Ahmad Shaheed, have all condemned Iran’s human rights practices. Their reports highlight secret executions, torture, widespread arbitrary detentions, discrimination against women, religious and ethnic minorities, and suppression of speech, association and assembly. >>>