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The International Center for Human Rights - ICHR (December 19, 2014): The U.N. General Assembly approved resolutions criticizing the human rights violations in Iran, Syria and North Korea on Thursday December 18. The ICHR is extremely pleased by the adoption of these important human rights resolutions on Iran and Syria as well as North Korea.

 The International Center for Human Rights - ICHR (December 19, 2014): The U.N. General Assembly approved resolutions criticizing the human rights violations in Iran, Syria and North Korea on Thursday December 18. 

The ICHR is extremely pleased by the adoption of these important human rights resolutions on Iran and Syria as well as North Korea.

 The representatives of Syria and Iran protested their resolutions Thursday, with Iran's representative calling the effort "political, prejudicial and unbalanced.

 “This resolutions are non-binding, but they are a strong expression of world opinion and send clear message to Iranian and Syrian Regimes to stop the massive human rights violations and repressing human rights defenders,” said Ardeshir Zarezadeh, ICHR director.

The resolutions criticizing Iran and Syria do not threaten the kind of action that the one on North Korea does. They are annual measures that express concerns over regular reports of U.N. special rapporteurs. The special rapporteur for Iran Dr. Ahmed Shaheed, who has not been allowed to visit the country, this year focused attention on the country's "alarmingly high frequency" of the use of the death penalty.

The resolution calls on Iran to stop a range of abuses including torture, gender discrimination and the targeting of activists and journalists. Iran's representative protested that the resolution doesn't acknowledge "positive developments" since President Hassan Rouhani took office in 2013.

The resolution on Syria condemns in the strongest terms Syrian authorities' violence against civilians since the country's conflict began in 2011. It also condemns in the strongest terms the Islamic State group's violence against civilians.

In his opening remarks at ICHR annual dinner Ardeshir Zarezadeh said that the Syrian and Iranian governments and their associates must be held accountable and brought to Justice for massive human rights abuses.

 “With these resolutions, the Iranian and Syrian authorities have been called to account for their actions. ICHR will continue to work with international community on the unacceptable human rights situation in Iran and Syria. Iranian and Syrian authorities must take steps to end the egregious abuses of the most fundamental basic human rights of their people." 

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