Ahwazi: UN GA Criticizes Iran's Discrimination of Minorities
Below is an article published by the British Ahwazi Friendship Society:
The UN General Assembly overwhelmingly voted in favor of a resolution proposed by the Canadian government which criticized
The motion (A/C.3/61/L.41), which received the support of 70 governments on Tuesday, expressed "serious concern at the continuing harassment, intimidation and persecution of human rights defenders, non-governmental organizations, political opponents, religious dissenters, webloggers and union members, among others." It comes just days after the European Parliament gave a damning indictment of the regime's human rights record, highlighting the planned execution of 11 Ahwazi Arab political activists.
The General Assembly also voiced "serious concern at a persistent failure in
The motion also highlights "increasing discrimination and other human rights violations against ethnic and religious minorities" and calls on
The Iranian regime reacted angrily to the international community's condemnation of its human rights record, with its representative calling the motion "another politically motivated exercise pursued by the Government of Canada to serve its narrow political purposes and interests," although he did not identify what those interests were. Rather than address the General Assembly's concerns, the Iranian representative alleged that
Countries supporting the resolution included all the members of the European Union.
Meanwhile, British Members of the European Parliament have also called on UN Secretary General to intervene against the ethnic cleansing of Ahwazi Arabs.
More information on the UN GA third committee’s draft resolution is available here.