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Georgia abstains in UN vote

A Georgian delegation abstained from voting on a draft resolution on human rights at a session of the so-called Third Committee of the UN General Assembly in Iran. The resolution was supported by 79 countries, 28 against, while 68 countries did not take part in the vote. Georgia was among those who did not vote.

The UN resolution calls on Iran to end the excessive use of force against peaceful protesters, including against women and children. The United Nations also calls on Iran to eliminate all forms of discrimination based on a person’s opinion, religion or belief.

The United Nations has expressed concern at the alarming number of executions in Iran. The Assembly also urges Iran to eliminate all forms of systematic discrimination and human rights violations against women.

“Ensure the protection of women’s rights, including a ban on early and forced marriages among minors. Give them equal access to education, justice, etc.,” the resolution reads.

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On November 4, as protests raged in Iran, Georgia’s Defense Minister Juansher Burchuladze held an introductory meeting with Iran’s newly appointed Ambassador to Georgia, Mahmoud Adeeb.

According to the Defense Ministry, Juansher Burchuladze congratulated the Iranian diplomat on his appointment to a new position and wished him every success.

“The discussion at the meeting brought up new challenges and opportunities for the region. The parties also discussed current issues and future plans for bilateral cooperation.

“Mahmoud Adib has succeeded Akbar Qasemi Ali-Abad as the Islamic Republic of Iran’s ambassador to Georgia,” the defense ministry said in a statement.

Iran’s new Ambassador Mahmoud Adib and Georgia’s Defense Minister Juansher Burchuladze

MEP Viola von Cramon reacted to this meeting as follows:

“Seriously? Regional challenges and opportunities; if the Iranian regime continues its brutal repression of all? This new cooperation shows how Georgia is heading in the wrong direction and the political isolation it is already facing,” von Cramon tweeted.

Tornike Gordadze, professor at the Institute of Political Science in Paris and former Georgian Minister of State for European and Euro-Atlantic Structures, writes on social media that Georgia went offline during the vote:

“While Georgia has yet to vote ‘no’ with Russia, Belarus, Syria and Nicaragua, it has come a step closer to joining the anti-Western club. During the vote, Venezuela left the room, as did we – although in this case it can be counted as a success rather than a failure. The Georgian government and political groups that support it don’t like ordinary Iranians on the streets and cafe-restaurants of Tbilisi, but otherwise they cooperate with the violent dictatorship of the ayatollahs.”

What happened in Iran?

On September 13, while moving with her family, 22-year-old Mahsa Amini was raided by the so-called deputy police who inspect women’s clothing.

Human rights activists who spoke to the family said police forced Amini into a car and beat her. Shortly thereafter, the girl died at the police station.

In response, Iranians launched a spontaneous protest at her funeral in the Kurdish city of Sakez on September 17.

So far, more than 200 people, including several teenagers, have been killed in the crackdown on mass protests. As of October 10, 185 people, including 19 children, have been killed in the crackdown on demonstrations, according to a Norway-based Iranian human rights organization.

The United States imposed sanctions on Iran’s deputy police and senior security officials. The US Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control has imposed sanctions on senior officials from seven Iranian security agencies, including the Deputy Police Department, the Department of Intelligence and Security and the Army. According to the US State Department, senior officials control the organizations, which regularly use violence to repress peaceful protesters and members of civil society.

The UK has also imposed sanctions on Iran, including on senior officials in the Iranian security forces and the so-called deputy police force, Iranian Vice President Mohammad Rostam Cheshmeh Ghachi and Tehran’s police chief Haj Ahmed Mirzai.

A protester with a photo of Mahsa Amini killed by vice police. TEHRAN/STEPHANIE KEITHGETTY