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U.N. panel raps Iran for 'alarming' executions

A United Nations General Assembly committee adopted a resolution urging Iran to improve its human rights record on Thursday, marking the first such resolution passed since the Iran nuclear agreement meant to put the country's nuclear weapons program on ice was reached in July.

The non-binding resolution was introduced to the Third Committee, which focuses on social, humanitarian and cultural issues. Seventy-six countries voted in favor of its passage, 35 voted against and 68 abstained.

The language calls on Tehran to address the "alarming high frequency of and increase in the carrying-out of the death penalty, in disregard of internationally recognized safeguards, including executions undertaken without notification to the prisoner's family members or legal counsel."

During the first half of the year, Amnesty International said it believed Iran put to death nearly 700 people in what it called a "staggering" execution spree.

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