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United Nations General Assembly again expresses concern over human rights in Iran

UNITED NATIONS -- Citing reports of high numbers of executions, the absence of due legal process, and the discriminatory treatment of religious minorities, the United Nations General Assembly has once again passed a resolution expressing concern over the human rights situation in Iran.

The resolution, which passed by a vote of 78 to 27 on 22 December 1995, was the tenth such resolution in eleven years. Like previous resolutions, the measure made specific mention of the situation of Iran's Bahá'í community, which has been systematically oppressed in Iran since 1979. With more than 300,000 members, the Bahá'ís of Iran represent the largest religious minority in that country.

The resolution urged the Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran, as a state party to international human rights agreements, to abide by its obligations and "to ensure that all individuals within its territory and subject to its jurisdiction, including religious groups, enjoy the rights recognized in these instruments."