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Ebadi: UN Resolution Shows Gravity Of Iran Rights Abuses

Source: RFE/RL

A resolution by a UN committee condemning human rights abuses in Iran "shows the gravity of the situation," Nobel Peace Prize laureate Shirin Ebadi told RFE/RL's Radio Farda.

Iranian human rights activist Shirin Ebadi (file photo)

The resolution passed on November 18 expresses "deep concern at serious ongoing human rights violations" in Iran, including torture, flogging, amputations, stoning, and what it called "pervasive gender inequality and violence against women."

The UN General Assembly's Human Rights Committee approved the resolution with 80 votes in favor, including the United States, EU member countries, and Canada.

 Iran's representative Mohammad Javed Larijani

Forty-four countries voted against and 57 abstained.

Ebadi noted human rights have been systematically abused in Iran for years, and the UN is intensifying its condemnation of such abuse.

She described as "absurd" Iranian media reports that 120 countries voted against the resolution.

She said Iran's representative on the committee, Mohammad Javed Larijani, "tried to defend" executions and sentences of death by stoning.

Copyright (c) 2010 RFE/RL, Inc. Reprinted with the permission of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 1201 Connecticut Ave., N.W. Washington DC 20036.

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