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Sunday, November 23, 2008

Canada-sponsored human rights resolution to be put to vote in UN General Assembly

On Friday, the United Nations General Assembly’s Third Committee voted down Iran’s attempt to prevent a vote on a Canada-sponsored resolution that urges an end to human rights violations in the Islamic Republic.

Iran failed in its attempt to pass a “no action” motion, which would have prevented the UN General Assembly from voting on Canada’s resolution. The “no action” motion was defeated by 81 votes to 71 votes—the same motion on a similar resolution was blocked by a margin of only one vote last year.

The committee went on to approve the resolution—70 votes in favor, 51 votes against and 60 countries abstaining—sending it to a vote in the full 192-member UN General Assembly.

Each year since Montreal photo-journalist Zahra Kazemi was beaten to death in 2003 in a Tehran prison, Canada has sponsored a similar resolution.

More about the text of the resolution here.smleaf

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