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.