Activists Blast Iran, Note Rights Abuses Elsewhere

NEW YORK (AP) _ Human rights groups and activists are denouncing
Iran's government for executing teenagers and discriminating
against women. But at the same time, they acknowledge that Tehran's
rights record is significantly better than in some other Middle
Eastern nations.
The U.N.'s human rights department has condemned the Iranian
government for allowing the executions of juveniles.
The activists say the situation regarding women's rights in Iran
has deteriorated sharply in recent years. Labor rights also have
suffered, with a number of organizers jailed in recent months for
trying to set up independent trade unions.
But they also point out that in relation to such nations as
Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates, Iranians still
enjoy significantly greater democratic and human rights.
The activists held a news conference in New York, a day before
Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is scheduled to address the U.N. General Assembly.

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