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UN expresses deep concern about serious human rights violations
Thu 20 11 2014

Paris, 19 November 2014 - Our organizations [1] welcome the adoption yesterday, by the third committee (charged with human rights issues) of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), of a resolution expressing its "deep concern at serious ongoing and recurring human rights violations" in Iran, notably the “alarming high frequency of executions and increase of the carrying-out of the death penalty in the absence of internationally recognized safeguards, including public executions.”

UN member states called on the Iranian government to abolish execution of minors, abolish torture, eliminate all forms of discrimination against ethnic communities and religious minorities and other human rights violations against women, end suppression of freedoms and deepen its engagement with UN human rights mechanisms, amongst other things.

“This call from the United Nations’ most inclusive body demonstrates that the situation of human rights in Iran is still of serious concern, and deserves the world’s attention,” said Karim Lahidji, FIDH President. “We call on the Iranian authorities to show their true commitment to human rights by immediately implementing the recommendations in this resolution.”

Ahead of the negotiations around this important vote, our organizations met with many UNGA member states to call on their support for this resolution and outline our key concerns regarding the human rights situation in Iran. We welcome the fact that the UNGA resolution echoes many of the recommendations we put forth in our position paper presented to the UN missions in New York.

The resolution was adopted with 78 countries voting in favour, 35 voting against, and 69 abstentions. The resolution is expected to be ratified by the plenary of the UNGA in December.
[1] Joint Press Release: FIDH, and its member organizations in Iran : League for the Defence of Human Rights in Iran (LDDHI) and Defenders of Human Rights Center (DHRC)

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