UN Council Ousts Iran From Commission Backing Women

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Financial and Social Council voted Wednesday to instantly oust Iran from the U.N.’s premiere international physique preventing for gender equality due to its systematic violation of the rights of girls and women, a choice america hailed as “historic” and Iran claimed was based mostly on “fabricated allegations.”

The U.S.-sponsored decision was sparked by Iran’s ongoing brutal crackdown on peaceable protesters who took to the streets in September after the demise of a 22-year-old lady taken into custody by the morality police. Not less than 488 individuals have been killed for the reason that demonstrations started, based on Human Rights Activists in Iran, a bunch that’s been monitoring the protests, whereas one other 18,200 individuals have been detained by authorities.

The vote within the 54-member council generally known as ECOSOC to take away Iran from the Commission on the Standing of Women for the rest of its 2022-2026 time period was 29-8 with 16 abstentions.

U.S. Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield known as the vote “historic,” the first-ever ouster of a fee member and “the right thing to do.”

“I think we sent a strong message to the Iranian government and we sent a strong message to Iranian women,” she instructed reporters after the vote.

Earlier than the vote, Thomas-Greenfield cited the demise of Mahsa Amini who was accused of carrying her scarf improperly by the morality police; the solitary confinement of two ladies reporters who instructed her story; and the younger ladies and women who’ve been killed or disappeared for talking out together with hundreds of protesters reportedly detained and tortured.

U.S. Nationwide Safety Adviser Jake Sullivan stated the vote reveals a rising consensus among the many United States and its allies and companions all over the world that Iran have to be held accountable for “atrocities” such because the latest “horrifying executions” of protesters in Tehran.

The UN voted to take away Iran from a ladies’s rights physique over Tehran’s brutal crackdown of women-led protests on December 14, 2022. Twenty-nine members of the UN Financial and Social Council voted in New York Metropolis to expel the Islamic republic from the UN Commission on the Standing of Women.

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Established in 1946, the Commission on the Standing of Women performs a number one position in selling ladies’s rights, documenting the truth of girls’s lives all over the world and shaping international requirements to empower ladies and obtain gender equality.

Its 45 members, from all areas of the world, are elected for four-year phrases by the Financial and Social Council. Iran was elected from the Asian area with 43 votes.

Earlier than Wednesday’s vote, Iran’s U.N. Ambassador Amir Saeid Iravani accused america of utilizing its “longstanding hostility toward the Iranian people” underneath “the guise of human rights” to take away Iran from the fee. He then cited efforts by the U.S. and its allies to topple “multiple legitimate governments,” implying that it’s also making an attempt to topple Iran’s.

Iravani stated the U.S. decision would impede the development of Iranian ladies who he stated are “strong, dynamic, self-sufficient and intelligent” members within the nation’s financial, social and political life.

He known as the U.S. decision “illegal” as a result of the Commission on the Standing of Women has no guidelines on terminating an elected member and warned that it would “create a dangerous precedent with far-reaching consequences.”

After the vote, Iran’s deputy ambassador Zahra Ershadi categorically rejected the decision and what she known as “the baseless and fabricated allegations” made in opposition to Iran. She insisted the federal government protects ladies’s rights, “condemns any politicization of women’s rights, and rejects all falsehoods and accusations made in particular by the U.S. and certain EU members in this meeting.”

Images of deceased political prisoners stand in the midst of a protest as Iranian Americans and others rally near the United Nations Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2022, in New York, as they come together and demand the prosecution of the President of Iran Ebrahim Raisi, for his role in what activists and investigators say he had in the 1988 massacre of political prisoners.
Photographs of deceased political prisoners stand within the midst of a protest as Iranian People and others rally close to the United Nations Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2022, in New York, as they arrive collectively and demand the prosecution of the President of Iran Ebrahim Raisi, for his position in what activists and investigators say he had within the 1988 bloodbath of political prisoners.

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Russia opposed the decision and earlier than the vote its deputy ambassador, Gennady Kuzmin, accused the U.S. and its allies of deciding “to pressure their political opponents, trying to discredit them, and at the same time purge the U.N. Commission on the Status of Women (of) a sovereign and influential player.”

He proposed that ECOSOC ought to ask for a U.N. authorized opinion earlier than the council took motion on the decision on whether or not a vote was in accordance with U.N. and ECOSOC procedures.

Underneath ECOSOC guidelines, such a request requires 24 hours advance discover in writing, and a vote was known as on waiving the 24-hour rule. ECOSOC voted 12-26 with 11 abstentions in opposition to waiving the 24-hour rule.

So after a number of extra speeches, ECOSOC voted on the U.S. decision and authorised it.

The decision expresses “serious concern” over Iran’s actions since September “to continuously undermine and increasingly suppress the human rights of women and girls, including the right to freedom of expression and opinion, often with the use of excessive force, by administering policies flagrantly contrary to the human rights of women and girls and to the mandate of the Commission on the Status of Women, as well as through the use of lethal force resulting in the deaths of peaceful protesters, including women and girls.”

Thomas-Greenfield, the U.S. ambassador, stated in an interview after the vote that U.S. authorized consultants decided that the U.S. decision was inside ECOSOC guidelines.

“It’s significant in the sense that it sends a message to the government of Iran that what you’re doing is unacceptable to the world ― we’re not going to stand by and buy it,” she stated.

“Iran said in the meeting that these were antics by the U.S. government, but we got 29 people to support this one effort to show that the world was behind the people and the women in particular in Iran,” Thomas-Greenfield stated.