American ambassador: “Notwithstanding our concerns over the utility of the @UN_HRC Social Forum in general, we categorically refuse to sit, converse, or engage in any discussion on human rights chaired by Iran.”
Iran, a country that imprisons women who do not cover their heads, will chair the United Nations Human Rights Council Social Forum.
The Social Forum is a two-day event that “will focus on the contribution of science, technology and innovation to the promotion of human rights, including in the context of post-pandemic recovery.”
As Chairperson-Rapporteur, Iran leads the discussions.
The fact that Iran even had an opportunity to hold this position is absurd.
Then again, the United Nations is absurd. From Fox News:
“The United States finds it absurd that an official from the Iranian regime will assume the role of Chair for the Human Rights Council’s one-day ‘Social Forum,’” U.S. Permanent Representative to the Human Rights Council Ambassador Michele Taylor wrote in a statement ahead of the forum.
“It is unacceptable that any body associated with the promotion and protection of human rights be chaired by a representative from a nation implicated in such persistent and flagrant human rights abuses as Iran,” she added, stressing that the U.S. “categorically” refuses to “sit, converse, or engage in any discussion on human rights chaired by Iran.”
The Human Rights Council in May appointed Iranian Ambassador Ali Bahreini as the chair-rapporteur for the 2023 “Social Forum,” which per the letter announcing the appointment focuses on “the promotion of human rights.” This year’s theme particularly focuses on the use of science, technology and innovation to help in that pursuit.
The United States takes a principled stand today. Notwithstanding our concerns over the utility of the @UN_HRC Social Forum in general, we categorically refuse to sit, converse, or engage in any discussion on human rights chaired by Iran.
— Ambassador Michèle Taylor (@USAmbHRC) November 2, 2023
Let’s not forget that Iran backs Hamas, the terrorist group that invaded and murdered thousands of Israelis and kidnapped over 200.
The UN made the announcement two days after the regime hanged two men for blasphemy.
Iran is one of the world’s top executioners:
Iran remains one of the world’s top executioners, having put to death at least 203 prisoners since the start of this year alone, according to the Oslo-based group Iran Human Rights. But carrying out executions for blasphemy remains rare, as previous cases saw the sentences reduced by authorities.
The two men executed, Yousef Mehrad and Sadrollah Fazeli Zare, died at Arak Prison in central Iran. They had been arrested in May 2020, accused of being involved in a channel on the Telegram message app called “Critique of Superstition and Religion,” according to the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom. Both men faced months of solitary confinement and could not contact their families, the commission said.
The Mizan news agency of Iran’s judiciary confirmed the executions, describing the two men as having insulted Islam’s Prophet Muhammad and promoted atheism. Mizan also accused them of burning a Quran, Islam’s holy book, though it wasn’t clear whether the men allegedly did that or such imagery was shared in the Telegram channel.
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