UNITED NATIONS--For the 23rd time since 1985, and by one of the largest margins ever, the United Nations has once again approved a resolution that condemns Iran's failure to meet its obligations under international human rights law.
By a vote of 78 to 45, with 59 abstentions, the UN General Assembly confirmed a resolution that expressed "deep concern at serious ongoing and recurring human rights violations." The final vote for what has become an annual resolution on Iran came on 21 December 2010.
The resolution specifically expressed concern over Iran's "intensified crackdown on human rights defenders and reports of excessive use of force, arbitrary detentions, unfair trials and allegations of torture; as well as its "pervasive gender inequality and violence against women; and its discrimination against minorities, including members of the Balla% Faith.
"The world community has clearly spoken. It is outraged at Iran's continued and intensifying violations of human rights; said Bani Dugal, the principal representative of the Bald' International Community to the United Nations.
Ms. Dugal noted that the resolution documents a wide range of violations--from torture to the oppression of women to the persecution of minorities. "All of this has been going on for too long, and it is high time that Iran pays heed to the call of the international community and complies with the standards of international law; she said.
The resolution devoted an entire paragraph to Iran% treatment of members of the Baha'i Faith, cataloging an extensive list of recent anti-Baha'i activities. These included: "increasing evidence of efforts by the State to identify, monitor and arbitrarily detain Balla'is, preventing...