Lebanon is among the countries that voted against the United Nations General Assembly’s condemnation of Iran’s human rights abuses.
The Third Committee of the United Nations General Assembly issued a resolution condemning violations of human rights in Iran, calling on the Iranian regime to end persecution and discrimination against dissidents and minorities.
The resolution calls on Iran to release those imprisoned for defending their human rights and freedoms, especially those arrested during the peaceful protests in November 2019 and January 2020, and to abolish the harsh sentences imposed on protesters, including the death penalty and long prison terms.
Proposed by Canada, the resolution condemned “flogging and amputations” carried out in Iran and deplored a “dramatic increase” in the use of the death penalty, particularly against minors.
The UN Watch published what it called a list of shame for the countries that voted in the United Nations General Assembly against Iran’s condemnation of its violation of human rights.
The list included Lebanon, the Sultanate of Oman, and Iraq.
According to Amnesty International, “Iranian authorities heavily suppressed the rights to freedom of expression, association and assembly.”
“Security forces use lethal force unlawfully to crush protests, killing hundreds, and arbitrarily detaining thousands of protesters. The authorities arbitrarily detained over 200 human rights defenders and imposed sentences of imprisonment and flogging against many of them,” Amnesty International stated.
Unfortunately, Lebanon went from drafting the declaration of human rights at the UN by Charles Malek and 18 other AUB graduates in 1948 to voting against the condemnation of Iran’s human rights abuses in 2020.