UN General Assembly calls Iran to end human rights violations

UN General Assembly calls Iran to end human rights violations

UN vote tally board for UN General Assembly resolution on Iran human rights, 19 December 2017
United Nations—20 December 2017

The United Nations General Assembly yesterday called on Iran to end ongoing violations of human rights.

The call came in a resolution, adopted by a vote of 81 to 30, with 70 abstentions, that expressed concern over Iran’s ongoing violations of human rights. It was the 30th such resolution since 1985.

Among other things, the five-page resolution censured Iran for illegal practices including torture, poor prison conditions, arbitrary detention, and curbs on freedom of religion or belief, and state-endorsed discrimination against women and ethnic and religious minorities.

The resolution also expressed specific concern over Iran’s treatment of members of the Baha’i Faith, the country’s largest non-Muslim religious minority. It highlighted the economic and educational discrimination against them and called on Iran to release the more than 90 Baha’is who are unjustly held in Iranian prisons.

The resolution also urges Iran to cooperate with the UN special rapporteur on human rights in Iran. This year’s report of the special rapporteur, who is Asma Jahangir, cited “serious human rights challenges” in Iran. A report to the Assembly from UN Secretary General António Guterres this year also expressed serious concern about a wide range of human rights violations by Iran.

The Assembly’s Third Committee initially approved the resolution on 12 November 2017; this vote by the Assembly as a plenary body confirms its final adoption.

The resolution was sponsored by Canada, and it had 42 co-sponsors.