US To Seek Iran’s Ouster From UN’s Top Women’s Rights Body

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The US introduced Wednesday it can search to oust Iran from the U.N.’s premiere international physique combating for gender equality due to its violation of the rights of ladies and women and its ongoing crackdown on demonstrators who took to the streets in September after the demise of a 22-year-old lady taken into custody by the morality police.

Vice-President Kamala Harris made the announcement of the U.S. intention to work with different nations to take away Iran from the Fee on the Standing of Girls, saying no nation that abuses ladies’s rights “should play a role in any international or United Nations body charged with protecting these very same rights.”

She mentioned Iran is “unfit” to serve on the fee and its presence “discredits the integrity” of its work.

At an off-the-cuff assembly of the U.N. Safety Council later Wednesday on the protests in Iran, U.S. Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield added that Iran’s membership “is an ugly stain on the commission’s credibility” and “in our view it cannot stand.”

Established in 1946, the Fee on the Standing of Girls performs a number one function in selling ladies’s rights, documenting the truth of ladies’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 U.N. Financial and Social Council. Iran was elected from the Asian area and its time period ends in 2026.

Thomas-Greenfield mentioned that “while Iran’s systematic oppression of women is not new, thanks to the bravery of the Iranian people, the regime’s abuses have been brought to the fore.”

Protests in Iran, which began with the demise of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini after being detained on the grounds that she didn’t adjust to the scarf guidelines, proceed on the Iranian consulate on Oct. 31, 2022, in İstanbul, Turkey.

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The nationwide protests first erupted over the Sept. 16 demise of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini within the custody of the nation’s morality police. She was detained for allegedly violating Iran’s strict costume code for ladies, accused of sporting her scarf improperly.

Though the protests first targeted on Iran’s obligatory scarf, or hijab, they’ve since remodeled right into a marketing campaign for ladies’s rights and one of many best challenges to the ruling clerics for the reason that chaotic years following the 1979 Islamic Revolution.

Earlier than the Safety Council assembly, Iran’s U.N. Ambassador Amir Saied Iravani learn a press release accusing america of “a disinformation campaign in a blatant hypocrisy,” and of interfering within the nation’s inside affairs in violation of the U.N. Constitution.

He claimed that Iran “has always been and continues to be committed to the promotion and protection of human rights.” He added that “Every government is responsible to protect its people against insecurity and violent and terrorist acts, and upholding law and order, and Iran is no exception.” He refused to reply any questions.

On the casual council assembly, Prof. Javaid Rehman, the U.N. particular investigator on human rights in Iran, known as the state of affairs since Sept. 16 an unlucky reflection of the impunity and absence of accountability for rights violations within the nation.

“Women and girls in Iran have for decades been brutalized,” he mentioned.

Rehman known as for “the prompt establishment of an independent investigative mechanism to investigate all human rights violations leading up to and since the death of Mahsa Amini.”

Thomas-Greenfield mentioned america strongly helps his name “for an independent, international investigation to hold Iranian officials accountable for the violence we’re seeing.”

Iranian human rights defender and Shirin Ebadi, who received the 2003 Nobel peace prize, mentioned the 2 journalists who took a photograph of Mahsa Amini within the hospital and printed a report on her funeral in some Iranian newspapers are actually in jail going through espionage expenses, which carry the demise penalty.

“I am talking about a country whose government deems no punishment for murder but considers journalism a punishable crime,” she mentioned.

Ebadi mentioned in a video briefing that the folks of Iran are asking Western governments, particularly america, to chorus from signing any agreements that can assist the survival of the Iranian regime.

They’re additionally calling for a fee to research the state of affairs of human rights in Iran and the current repressions, she mentioned, noting the Geneva-based Human Rights Council shaped a fee to research the human rights state of affairs in Myanmar and will do the identical in Iran.

Iranian human rights activist Nazanin Boniadi advised the Safety Council that “the potential for the current protests to transform Iran from theocracy to representative government could be a geopolitical game changer, and the most important key to bringing about stability in the Middle East.”

She mentioned the Iranian folks need the world “to stop turning a blind eye to their suffering” and decide to supporting their democratic aspirations by standing united in combating corruption and respect for human rights.

Boniadi additionally known as for an impartial worldwide investigative mechanism on human rights abuses in Iran “because there are no avenues for justice domestically.”