March 24, 2011 / 12:33 PM / 8 years ago

UN human rights body approves investigator on Iran

GENEVA, March 24 (Reuters) - The U.N. Human Rights Council agreed on Thursday to a U.S.-backed proposal to establish a U.N. human rights investigator for Iran, the first in a decade.

The 47-member Geneva forum approved the resolution by 22 votes in favour, 7 against and 14 abstentions, its president, Thai Ambassador Sihasak Phuangketkeow, announced.

The text voiced concern at Iran’s crackdown on opposition figures and increased use of the death penalty and called on the Islamic Republic to cooperate with the U.N. envoy to be named to the independent post. (Reporting by Stephanie Nebehay; Editing by Andrew Callus and Mark Heinrich)

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