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UN Puts Iran On ‘Women’s Commission’

From Fox News:

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U.N. Elects Iran to Commission on Women’s Rights

April 29, 2010

NEW YORK — Without fanfare, the United Nations this week elected Iran to its Commission on the Status of Women, handing a four-year seat on the influential human rights body to a theocratic state in which stoning is enshrined in law and lashings are required for women judged "immodest."

Just days after Iran abandoned a high-profile bid for a seat on the U.N. Human Rights Council, it began a covert campaign to claim a seat on the Commission on the Status of Women, which is "dedicated exclusively to gender equality and advancement of women," according to its website.

Buried 2,000 words deep in a U.N. press release distributed Wednesday on the filling of "vacancies in subsidiary bodies," was the stark announcement: Iran, along with representatives from 10 other nations, was "elected by acclamation," meaning that no open vote was requested or required by any member states — including the United States.

In other words, United States didn’t even force the rest of the world to go on record. They didn’t want to embarrass anybody.

The U.S. currently holds one of the 45 seats on the body, a position set to expire in 2012

As word of Iran’s intention to join the women’s commission came out, a group of Iranian activists circulated a petition to the U.N. asking that member states oppose its election.

"Iran’s discriminatory laws demonstrate that the Islamic Republic does not believe in gender equality," reads the letter, signed by 214 activists and endorsed by over a dozen human rights bodies.

The letter draws a dark picture of the status of women in Iran: "women lack the ability to choose their husbands, have no independent right to education after marriage, no right to divorce, no right to child custody, have no protection from violent treatment in public spaces, are restricted by quotas for women’s admission at universities, and are arrested, beaten, and imprisoned for peacefully seeking change of such laws."

The Commission on the Status of Women is supposed to conduct review of nations that violate women’s rights, issue reports detailing their failings, and monitor their success in improving women’s equality.

Yet critics of Iran’s human rights record say the country has taken "every conceivable step" to deter women’s equality.

"In the past year, it has arrested and jailed mothers of peaceful civil rights protesters," wrote three prominent democracy and human rights activists in an op-ed published online Tuesday by Foreign Policy Magazine.

"It has charged women who were seeking equality in the social sphere — as wives, daughters and mothers — with threatening national security, subjecting many to hours of harrowing interrogation. Its prison guards have beaten, tortured, sexually assaulted and raped female and male civil rights protesters." …

When its term begins in 2011, Iran will be joined by 10 other countries: Belgium, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Estonia, Georgia, Jamaica, Iran [sic], Liberia, the Netherlands, Spain, Thailand and Zimbabwe.

Perhaps this is all part of Mr. Obama’s softening of sanctions on Iran. Or maybe he just didn’t see anything wrong with Iran having a say in women’s rights.

After all, who are we to judge? Mr. Obama himself has admitted (in his world famous ‘Cairo Speech’) that “the struggle for women’s equality continues in many aspects of American life.”

Indeed, he just announced that his Supreme Court nomination will have to honor women’s rights. Strongly implying that they haven’t been honored enough, hitherto.

Still, if we had a woman at the head of the State Department, maybe affronts to the dignity of women like this would never happen.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, April 30th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

6 Responses to “UN Puts Iran On ‘Women’s Commission’”

  1. Right of the People says:

    I think I read somewhere that The Won was going to nominate Ben Rothlisberger to this panel to represent the US due to his stellar background in the field.

  2. jobeth says:

    “Still, if we had a woman at the head of the State Department, maybe affronts to the dignity of women like this would never happen.”

    Oh how I love this comment!

    The world is truly upside down. How could any sane person view Iran being on the Women’s Commission” as anything but absurd!

    Oh yeah…I forgot, sanity is not a requirement for the UN.

  3. TwilightZoned says:

    The picture nauseates me! Due to the man’s incredible ability to lie I’ll assume this crocodile tear is purely for show.

    • confucius says:

      Every actor can turn on the tears. Just like every black actor can turn on the negro dialect.

      All they need is a camera.

    • proreason says:

      “Every actor can turn on the tears. Just like every black actor can turn on the negro dialect”


      In related news, millions of Americans believed Rock Hudson was straight until shortly before he died. He was a better actor than anybody suspected.

  4. MinnesotaRush says:

    Mr. o-blah-blah sheds tears when learning there’s not a working teleprompter anywhere near his next speech.

    Might .. keyword, MIGHT .. be more sincere.

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