UN committee flags Iran over human rights

Supporters of Maryam Rajavi, President of the National Council of Resistance of Iran, demonstrate against the Iranian President Hassan Rouhani's visit in Paris, Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016. (AP)

A UN committee on Tuesday urged Iran to cease enforced disappearances and the widespread use of arbitrary detention and has expressed serious concern about severe limitations on freedom of thought, conscience and religion or belief.

The General Assembly’s human rights committee approved the measure by a vote of 85 in favor, 35 against and 63 countries abstaining. The assembly is virtually certain to adopt the resolution when it’s put to a vote next month.

It also expressed concern over the “alarmingly high frequency” of the death penalty and urged Iran to eliminate laws and practices that constitute human rights violations against women and girls.

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