UN resolution condemns Human Rights violations in Iran
The United Nations General Assembly Third Committee passed a resolution condemning Human Rights violations in Iran. The resolution highlights the significant cases of Human Rights violation including discrimination against women, arbitrary arrests, and violations of the rights of religious and ethnic minorities. The resolution also sites the persecution of journalists and restriction of the media.
Drafter by Canada, the resolution was passed with 84 votes for and 30 against, with 60 countries abstaining.
Iraq, Pakistan, Armenia, and Turkmenistan, all neighbors of Iran, voted against the resolution.
On the other side, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, and UAE condemned the Human Rights violations in Iran along with Western and European countries.
Israel was among the countries that voted for the resolution. The Israeli ambassador to the UN said: “This resolution only mentions part of the truth about the Human Rights violations in Iran. There are other concerning cases that have not been mentioned.”
The Israeli ambassador mentioned the violations of the rights of refugees and the LGBT in Iran.
The Iranian ambassador to the UN criticized Canada’s Human Rights record, as the country that prepared the first draft of the resolution. The Iranian ambassador said Canada violates the rights of its indigenous people and has a history of genocide.
He claimed that the Islamic Republic’s constant attempts to improve Human Rights faces attacks from the supporters of the resolution.