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Friday, 10 November, 2000, 06:54 GMT
UN urges Iran to respect law

A United Nations human rights committee has called on Iran to respect the due process of law.

A resolution approved by the committee expressed concern about executions and allegations of torture in Iran and urged the government to ensure that capital punishment would not be imposed for crimes other than the most serious.

The committee called for the full application of transparent procedures by the judiciary, and respect for the rights of religious minority groups.

It said the Iranian government should take steps to end the use of torture and forms of cruel, inhuman and degrading punishment, including the practice of amputation.

The committee's resolution is expected to be voted on by the UN General Assembly within a month. On Thursday, a revolutionary court in Iran was asked to impose the death sentence on a former communist, Khalil Rostam-Khani, who's among seventeen reformist figures charged with undermining Iranian national security.

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