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U.N. to hold Human Rights Workshop in Iran
TEHRAN, Jan 12 (Reuters) - The United Nations will hold a
regional human rights workshop in February in Iran, recently
criticised by the world body for its human rights practices.
A U.N. spokesman in Tehran said on Monday the sixth
Asia-Pacific workshop on the promotion and protection of human
rights would be held there from February 2 to 4.
Senior government officials and policymakers from 46
countries in the region are due to attend the Tehran meeting,
said a U.N. document on the workshop.
It is envisaged that agreement will be reached at the end
of the workshop concerning next steps to be taken to facilitate
the process of establishing a regional arrangement for the
protection and promotion of human rights" it said.
The U.N. General Assembly in December called on Iran to stop
executions for non-violent crimes and establish human rights for
women and minority religions such as the Bahá'í faith.
It passed a resolution expressing concern about the large
and increasing numbers of executions, as well as cases of
torture, degrading treatment or punishment, including the
stoning of women and amputations.
Iran rejected the resolution, saying the issue was used as a