Iran has withdrawn its bid for a seat on the U.N. Human Rights Council on Friday.
U.N. diplomats told Reuters that Iran had informed other Asian delegations that it withdrew its candidacy for a seat on the 47-nation council based in Geneva that is responsible for monitoring rights around the globe.
Iran told the so-called Asia group of U.N. states that it was dropping out "in the interest of solidarity with the rest of the group," the diplomat said.
One Western diplomat said that Tehran had pulled out after it became apparent that it might not secure enough votes to win a seat.
Human Rights Watch has criticized the process of electing members to the U.N. rights council.
Often the five regional groups -- Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, and Western Europe and other states -- have uncontested ballots for their allotted seats.
With the withdrawal of Iran, there are no longer any contested ballots, she added. The countries running for the four Asian seats are Malaysia, Maldives, Qatar and Thailand.
The elections will take place during a meeting of the General Assembly on May 13.
ReutersLast Mod: 24 Nisan 2010, 11:45