A United Nations committee has approved a Canadian-led resolution urging Iran to stop harassing political opponents in the wake of its disputed presidential elections.

The vote Friday in the General Assembly’s 192-member human rights committee passed with 74 in favour, 48 against and 59 abstentions.

The resolution censured Iran for its human rights record, including the arbitrary arrests, detentions and the disappearance of Iranians who protested after the disputed elections this year.

Foreign Affairs Minister Lawrence Cannon welcomed the result and said it draws international attention to the political situation in Iran.

“The adoption of this resolution is another clear signal of the international community’s concern for the human rights of people in Iran,” Cannon said in a statement. “It sends a message of hope to the victims of violations and to the human rights defenders who seek to effect positive change in Iran.”

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