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Iran fails to stop UN condemnation

The Iranian regime failed to stop a draft UN General Assembly resolution condemning its human rights violations, including discrimination against ethnic minorities.

Iran's bid to halt action on the resolution in the assembly's third committee - meaning it would have been shelved - was defeated by 81 votes to 71. A similar move on a similar resolution last year was stopped by just one vote, according to the Reuters news agency.

The resolution against Iran was passed by 70 votes to 51 and will go to full General Assembly in December, where it is expected to be adopted. The Canada-sponsored non-binding resolution expresses "deep concern at serious human rights violations" in Iran, including "Increasing discrimination and other human rights violations against persons belonging to religious, ethnic, linguistic or other minorities, recognized or otherwise, including, inter alia, Arabs, Azeris, Baluchis, Kurds, Christians, Jews, Sufis and Sunni Muslims and their defenders, and, in particular, attacks on Baha’is and their faith in State-sponsored media."

The resolution calls upon Iran to "eliminate, in law and in practice, all forms of discrimination and other human rights violations against persons belonging to religious, ethnic, linguistic or other minorities."

In a statement, Mohammad Mir Ali Mohammadi of the Iranian UN Mission said: "This is a political motivated resolution, lacks the minimum legitimacy and is an obtrusive example of selectivity and double standard. It contains a number of falsified and unsubstantiated elements that contradict the realities of human rights situation in Iran."