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West Slams Iran Over Human Rights Record

Iranian riot police on motorcycles patrol a Tehran street during protests in June 2009.
Western states have rebuked Iran over its human rights record in the UN Human Rights Council.

The United States and Norway pressured Iran to make good on its pledge to improve human rights in the country by crafting a statement that won the backing of all 27 European Union nations and more than two dozen other countries.

The statement, delivered by Norwegian Ambassador Bente Angell-Hansen, expressed concern over a "lack of progress in the protection of human rights in Iran," especially since the widespread arrests and bloody crackdowns against dissidents that followed President Mahmud Ahmadinejad's reelection in June 2009.

compiled from agency reports