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Speaking today he said:
“I welcome the adoption of this resolution on the human rights situation in Iran by the Plenary of the UN General Assembly. The resolution passed by an increased majority of votes, demonstrating the depth of international concern at the worsening human rights situation in Iran. The human rights record in Iran remains appalling and whilst the world focuses on new human rights challenges we must not forget the continued suffering of people in Iran.
“Over the last twelve months, the Iranian regime has stepped up its campaign of intimidation and human rights abuses. The rate of executions is alarming, with many carried out in public and following trials that fall far short of international standards. Crackdowns on any form of dissent continue, with some reports suggesting Iran has the highest number of journalists in prison of any country in the world. Alarmingly, two opposition leaders have been under house arrest since February 2011, with no credible justification.
“The UK will continue to lead international action to address the deteriorating human rights situations in Iran and we call once again on the Iranian regime to respect the universal freedoms of their citizens”.