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U.N. Body Won't Cite Tehran for Rights Abuses

April 23, 2002|From Times Wire Reports

The U.N.'s top human rights body rejected a call by the European Union and the U.S. to condemn alleged abuses in Iran.

As a result, for the first time since 1984, Tehran will not be the subject of special reports by an investigator appointed by the U.N. Commission on Human Rights.

The 53-member body backed a call by members of the Organization of the Islamic Conference to throw out the resolution that called on Iran to stop the use of torture, grant greater freedom of expression and end religious discrimination.

The motion was defeated 20 to 19, with 14 countries abstaining.

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