Source: Baha'i World News Service
On December 22, 2004 the Baha'i World News Service reported, "For the 17th time since 1985, the United Nations General Assembly has passed a resolution expressing 'serious concern' over the human rights situation in Iran, making specific mention of the ongoing persecution of the Baha'i community there. The resolution, introduced by Canada, passed by a vote of 71 to 54 on 20 December 2004. It called on Iran to 'eliminate all forms of discrimination based on religious grounds' and took note of the recent upsurge of human rights violations against the Baha'is of Iran. Specifically, the resolution noted the 'continuing discrimination against persons belonging to minorities, including Christians, Jews, and Sunnis, and the increased discrimination against the Baha'is.'"