The Third Committee of the UN General Assembly on Tuesday, 20 November 2007, passed a resolution (A/C.3/62/L.43) condemning Iran’s appalling human rights record.

In this resolution, the General Assembly expressed “its very serious concern” at a whole range of egregious human rights violations, including torture, flogging, amputations, public executions, stoning, execution of minors, violent action taken against women, and called upon the Iranian government to eliminate all its appalling and cruel practices.

The resolution condemns the… increasing discrimination and other human rights violations against person belonging to religious, ethnic, linguistic or other minorities, recognized or otherwise … and in particular attacks on Baha’is and their faith in State-sponsored media, increasing efforts by the State to identify and monitor Baha’is and prevention of the Baha’i faith from attending university and from sustaining themselves economically

and calls upon the Iranian government… to implement, inter alia, the 1996 report of the Special Rapporteur on religious intolerance, which recommended ways in which the Islamic Republic of Iran could emancipate the Baha’i community.

We are encouraged to see the persecution of the Baha’is in Iran condemned in such strong language.

Only a few countries known for abuse of human rights defended Iran’s position, and these included Sudan, Syria, Venezuela, Belarus and Pakistan!

The resolution now has to go before the Plenary of the UN General Assembly.