UN General Assembly Cites Iran For Human Rights Abuses
December 20, 2006, RFE/RL -- The United Nations General Assembly has
voted to express "serious concern" about a long list of human rights abuses in
Iran and to call on Iranian authorities to ensure full respect for such
The resolution was adopted on December 19 by a vote
of 72-50, with 55 abstentions, in the 192-country assembly.
Before the vote, Iranian diplomats unsuccessfully
tried to block the resolution.
The resolution faults Iranian authorities for
"harassment, intimidation, and persecution" of human rights advocates, political
opponents, religious dissenters, journalists, parliamentarians, students,
academics, Internet bloggers, and labor union members.
It criticizes Iran's justice system, which it says
has "persistently failed" to meet international standards, and expresses concern
over the use of torture and cruel or degrading punishment such as flogging and
It also decries violence and discrimination against
women and girls in Iran, and discrimination and human rights violations against
ethnic and religious minorities.
Draft resolution IV on the human rights situation
in Iran (document A/61/443/ADD.3 - see Vote on Human
Rights in Iran) was adopted by a recorded vote of 72 in favour to
50 against, with 55 abstentions, as follows:
Albania, Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Belgium,
Belize, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Burundi, Canada, Chile, Croatia,
Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador,
Estonia, Fiji, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras,
Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kiribati, Latvia,
Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Marshall Islands, Micronesia
(Federated States of), Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Nauru, Netherlands, New
Zealand, Nicaragua, Norway, Palau, Paraguay, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Romania,
Samoa, San Marino, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, The
former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Tonga, Tuvalu, Ukraine, United Kingdom,
United States, Vanuatu.
Afghanistan, Algeria, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belarus, Brunei
Darussalam, China, Comoros, Cuba, Democratic People's Republic of Korea,
Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Egypt, Guinea, India, Indonesia,
Iran, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Libya, Malaysia, Maldives,
Mauritania, Morocco, Myanmar, Niger, Oman, Pakistan, Qatar, Russian Federation,
Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Somalia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Syria,
Tajikistan, Togo, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, Viet Nam, Yemen,
Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil,
Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Colombia, Congo,
Costa Rica, Cote d'Ivoire, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Georgia, Ghana, Guinea-Bissau,
Guyana, Jamaica, Kenya, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Lesotho, Liberia,
Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritius, Mexico, Mongolia, Mozambique, Namibia,
Nepal, Nigeria, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Republic of Korea,
Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Solomon Islands,
Suriname, Swaziland, Thailand, Trinidad and Tobago, Uganda, United Arab
Emirates, United Republic of Tanzania, Uruguay, Zambia.
Cambodia, Chad, Dominica, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Gambia, Grenada, Iraq,
Jordan, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines,
Seychelles, Timor-Leste, Turkey.
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