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The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), under pressure from United States and Canada, has voted in favour of a Canadian-sponsored resolution on human rights in Iran, with scores of countries abstaining from the vote.

The politically-motivated resolution, which was previously approved in the third Committee of the UN General Assembly, was drafted by United States and Canada and approved in the General Assembly on Monday evening local time.

The resolution again reiterated old and discredited human rights claims against Iran.

The anti-Iranian resolution was approved by 84 votes in favour, with 30 countries opposed, and 67 countries abstained, according to an Iran Press report.

The representative of the Islamic Republic of Iran at UN, Mohammad Hassan Nejad Pirkoohi, before the vote, said that the proposed resolution is politically-motivated, and called on members of the General Assembly to oppose the resolution to prevent the use of human rights as a political tool used by certain countries.

The Russian envoy to the United Nations also opposed the Canadian sponsored resolution, saying the resolution shows Western double standards with regards to human rights and is politically-motivated.

On 16 November, after approval of Canadian proposed resolution in the third Committee of the General Assembly of the United Nations, Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman, Bahram Ghassemi, reiterated that the resolution has a very selective approach to human rights, is hostile towards Iran, and is politically-motivated.

Bahram Ghassemi said "Use of human rights, human rights resolutions and other international mechanisms as a political instrument by some Western countries and their regional allies, as well as the Zionist regime, which is itself a gross human rights violator, pursues extremist intentions, as well as confrontational and supportive policies of the terrorists."

From the point of view of the West and its allies, human rights have become a soft power instrument to infiltrate and put pressure on independent countries opposing the hegemonic system.

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