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UNITED NATIONS — The UN General Assembly has approved a resolution criticizing Iran for serious rights violations including torture and its “alarming” and frequent use of the death penalty.
The vote Wednesday was 86 to 36, with 61 countries abstaining.The resolution also welcomed pledges by Iran’s new president, Hassan Rouhani, on some important human rights issues such as eliminating discrimination against women and members of ethnic minorities.But it criticizes Iran’s use of “inhuman” punishments, including flogging and amputations, and its use of the death penalty against young people under age 18.General Assembly resolutions are not legally binding.The General Assembly also approved a resolution on Wednesday expressing outrage at “widespread and systematic gross violations” by Syrian authorities.The resolution, initiated by Saudi Arabia on behalf of dozens of states including the US, is one of the strongest criticisms yet of the regime of President Bashar Assad. It also expresses “grave concern at the spread of extremism and extremist groups” in Syria.