Iran drops bid for UN Human Rights Council seat
New York: Diplomats say Iran has dropped its bid for a seat on the UN Human Rights Council.
Jabed Faizal, a member of Maldives` UN Mission, said on Friday that Iran announced its decision at a meeting of the Asia group, which was preparing its slate of candidates for next month`s vote on new rights council members.
Iran was heavily criticised in February at the 47-member council`s first review over its handling of human rights. Peggy Hicks, global advocacy director for Human Rights Watch, praised Iran`s decision to withdraw as a "good thing”.
The Iranian mission did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
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