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AFP: A UN committee on Wednesday sharply criticised human rights in Iran, citing the use of torture and a widespread crackdown on the country's media and political opposition. The UN General Assembly's social and humanitarian committee adopted the resolution, which carries symbolic value but no legal weight, for the second straight year in a 69-55 vote with 51 abstentions.

RFE/RL: A UN General Assembly committee has voted to condemn human rights abuses in Iran, citing a crackdown on media, use of torture, and discrimination against women. The assembly's human rights committee approved a resolution calling on Iran to carry out widespread reforms required by conventions it has joined. The measure was approved by a
vote of 69 to 55, with 51 abstentions.

Human Rights Watch: The Iranian government is moving to silence Internet and Web-log communications, the last remaining outlet for freedom of expression in the country, Human Rights Watch said today. Many of Iran’s most high-profile civil society activists rely on the internet to get their message out.

Radio Farda: United Kingdom’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office published it annual report on human rights on November 10. Jack Straw the British Foreign Secretary presented the report, on the same day, at a press conference at the Foreign office and answered questions from the media. The first chapter of the nine-part report lists twenty countries with critical human rights records.

Iran Focus: Tehran, Nov. 6 - Security forces have raided and arrested three webloggers in Tehran, according to reports
from the Iranian capital.
The three, identified by their first names as Dariush, Omid
and Payvand, were arrested in midnight raids on their homes on Thursday.

AFP: Iran's hardline judiciary has sentenced a 16-year-old boy to death for murder, the reformist Shargh daily reported Tuesday.
According to the report, the boy -- only identified as Vahid from near Tehran -- confessed to stabbing his friend Mehdi to death but insisted he did it in self-defence, saying the victim wanted to sexually abuse him.

AFP: Canada on Friday introduced a draft resolution at the UN General Assembly on what it maintains is the worsening human rights situation in Iran, a foreign ministry statement said. The text follows an earlier resolution on human rights violations by Iran, adopted by the United Nations and sponsored by Canada, in November of last year.

Iran Focus: Tehran, Nov. 13 - Iranian officials in the town of Babol (northern Iran) paraded a young man around the town’s main streets on Wednesday. One eyewitness reported that in a bid to mock and disgrace the young man as well as to ‘humiliate his dignity’ the regime’s agents ‘shaved his hair like a cross, put a long stick through his sleeves, and paraded him around the streets’.

Reporters Without Borders: Reporters Without Borders today deplored the arrest of Iranian journalist Fershteh Ghazi, of the daily Etemad ("Confidence"), for working with reformist Internet news websites and expressed alarm at reports that the intelligence services were preparing to accuse her and five other imprisoned journalists of "adultery" in a bid to hide the political nature of their detention.

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