“Electing the Islamic Republic of Iran to protect women’s rights is like making an arsonist into the town fire chief”
Iran, one of the world’s leading violator of women’s and human rights, has been elected to the United Nation’s Commission on the Status of Women. The UN forum, which purports to advance “gender equality and the empowerment of women” across the globe, includes leading human rights abusers such as China, Cuba, Pakistan, and Saudi Arabia.
In a secret ballot, Iran received 43 votes in an electoral body comprising 54 UN member states. The regime was backed by least four European or Western countries. the Geneva-based watchdog group UN Watch found. The European countries which voted in the secret ballot include France, Germany, and the United Kingdom.
The UN member states ignored the gross human rights violations carried out by the Islamic Republic.
Iranian women are tried and punished in compliance with the medieval Islamic Sharia law. The country’s Islamic morality police and regime-loyalist militia use brute force to enforce Islamic dress code on women. The Mullah regime systematically deploys rape and torture against female dissidents in jails.
The Jerusalem Post reported Iran’s shameful induction to the top women rights body:
Iran was elected Monday to the United Nation’s Commission on the Status of Women for a four-year term along with China, Japan, Lebanon and Pakistan.
The Commission on the Status of Women is the “global champion for gender equality,” according to the organization. It works to develop and uphold standards in which all women can exercise their human rights. The commission focuses on issues it deems fundamental to women’s equality and attempts to promote the progress of women worldwide.
Women’s rights are severely restricted in Iran, Human Rights Watch (HRW) reported, saying that they face “serious discrimination” on a variety of issues including marriage, divorce and child custody. Women have been jailed for speaking out in favor of women’s rights, HRW reported.
Domestic violence, marital rape, early and forced marriage are all offenses that Iranian authorities have failed to criminalize, according to Amnesty International. These offenses and other gender-based violence against women remain widespread in the country, according to Amnesty International.
The news comes as President Joe Biden’s administration is in talks with the Iranian regime in Vienna, aimed at restoring the Obama-era nuclear deal. The White House has offered to lift oil and financial sanctions, a potential economic windfall for the world’s biggest state sponsor of international terrorism and jihad.
The UN Watch reported details of the vote:
Iran’s fundamentalist and misogynistic regime is now one of 45 commission members that, according to the UN, will play an instrumental role in “promoting women’s rights, documenting the reality of women’s lives throughout the world, and shaping global standards on gender equality and the empowerment of women.”
Iran won 43 votes in a secret ballot yesterday at the UN’s 54-nation Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). Usually ECOSOC rubber-stamps nominations arranged behind closed doors by regional groups, however this time the U.S. demanded a vote be held.
The UN Watch, which is often at the forefront of exposing hypocrisy, abuse, and corruption at the international body, called out the European Union and Western powers for backing Iran.
“Though the ballot was secret, UN Watch has determined that at least four of the 15 EU and Western Group democracies on ECOSOC—which include Australia, Austria, Canada, Finland, France, Latvia, Germany, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States—voted for Iran,” the watchdog found.
“Electing the Islamic Republic of Iran to protect women’s rights is like making an arsonist into the town fire chief,” executive director of UN Watch, Hillel Neuer, said, “It’s absurd — and morally reprehensible. This is a black day for women’s rights, and for all human rights.”
The protest against the outrageous move also came from exiled Iranian women rights activists and dissidents. “This is an insult to more than 50 Iranian women who are in jail and to millions of other women who get beaten up by the the same regime,” the exiled Iranian women rights activist, Masih Alinejad, wrote on Twitter.
Yesterday in this event in Swedish parliament along with the UN special rapporteur, I condemned the UN’s election of Islamic Republic of Iran to its commission on the status of women.
Please listen & share the message of Iranian women’s rights activists with your government. pic.twitter.com/VcXGFfoTWy
— Masih Alinejad 🏳️ (@AlinejadMasih) April 23, 2021
In 2019, the same 54-member body condemned Israel as the lone violator of women’s rights in the world. The anti-Israel resolution was backed by leading women’s and human rights abusers, such as China, Iran, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Russia, and Sudan.
Last November, China, Iran, and other rogue states ganged up at the UN Human Rights Council to “scrutinize” the U.S. human rights record. Iran, which regularly executes dissident and guns down anti-regime protestors, joined China, Syria, Venezuela, and others to condemn the U.S. at the forum.DONATE
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