In the face of mounting global criticism on its human rights record, Iran withdrew its candidacy for a seat on the U.N.’s 47-country Human Rights Council. The country informed fellow Asian U.N. member countries that it dropping out of the race “in the interest of solidarity with the rest of the group,” Reuter quotes a Western diplomat. Meanwhile, Peggy Hicks of New York-based Human Rights Watch said that the mounting global opposition to Iran’s bid forced the country to drop out.

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  • Ma. Rizza Leonzon

    As a former staff writer, Rizza focused mainly on business coverage, including key donors such as the Asian Development Bank and AusAID.