Iran: UN Third Committee expresses strong concern over human, women’s rights in Iran

In a strongly worded resolution on Thursday night, November 19, 2015, the UN Third Committee condemned the flagrant violations of human rights in Iran.

It took a strong stand against the death penalty, massive and violent crackdown on religious and ethnic minorities and of course on women, and decided to continue its examination of the situation of human rights in Iran under the item entitled “Promotion and protection of human rights”.

On the part on women’s rights, the resolution indicates that the General Assembly “strongly urges” the clerical regime in Iran “to eliminate, in law and in practice, all forms of discrimination and other human rights violations against women and girls, to take measures to ensure protection for women and girls against violence, to address the alarming incidence of child, early and forced marriage, to promote women’s participation in decision-making processes and, while recognizing the high enrolment of women in all levels of education in the Islamic Republic of Iran, to lift restrictions on women’s equal access to all aspects of education and women’s equal participation in the labour market and in all aspects of economic, cultural, social and political life.”

This resolution is going to be voted on by the General Assembly.

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