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Many countries vote for UN resolution against Iran

The UN General Assembly has passed a resolution against Iran with a record number of votes, condemning the country for its human rights violations that have taken the shape of "executions" and "torture".

world Updated: Nov 22, 2011 15:27 IST

The UN General Assembly has passed a resolution against Iran with a record number of votes, condemning the country for its human rights violations that have taken the shape of "executions" and "torture".

The 193-member Assembly also passed resolutions condemning human rights violations in North Korea and Myanmar.

The resolution on Iran was passed by a record number of votes -- 86 -- in favour with 32 against and 59 abstentions.

The Assembly's Third Committee approved a six-page resolution that catalogs a wide range of abuses in Iran, including "a dramatic increase" in executions, the use of torture, the systematic targeting of human rights defenders, pervasive violence against women and continuing discrimination against minorities.

Co-sponsored by about 42 countries, the resolution lists 16 areas of concern, ranging from torture and an increased use of the death penalty to the "systematic and serious restrictions on freedom of peaceful assembly" and "severe limitations and restrictions on the right to freedom of thought, conscience, religion or belief."

It condemns "torture and cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment" by Iranian authorities and expresses concerns over "unlawful interference" with individual privacy, citing the state's monitoring of correspondence, emails, and voicemail.

The vote on Iran last night came days after the UN General Assembly passed a resolution condemning an alleged plot to assassinate the Saudi ambassador to Washington, which the US claimed was being planned by Iranian elements.

The resolution also points towards Iran's failure at upholding due process of law, which includes "the systematic and arbitrary use of prolonged solitary confinement, the lack of access of detainees to legal representation of their choice, the refusal to consider granting bail to detainees, and the poor conditions of prisons, including the serious over-crowding and poor level of sanitation, as well as persistent reports of detainees being subjected to torture and rape and other forms of sexual violence."

The resolution calls upon Iran to "eliminate discrimination against, and exclusion of, women and members of certain groups."

The Assembly also approved resolutions condemning human rights violations in North Korea and Myanmar.

The resolution on North Korea received 112 votes in favour, 16 against and 55 abstentions while the Myanmar vote received 98 in favour, 25 against with 63 abstentions.

The Myanmar resolution welcomed the recent talks between pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi and the military-dominated government.