Iran was expelled from the UN Commission on the Status of Women on Wednesday for its oppressive policies against women and its brutal crackdown on protesters.
Twenty-nine members of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) voted to impeach Tehran after the US called on the 54-member body to immediately remove the Islamic Republic of Iran from the commission “for the remainder of the 2022 term -2026.”
In a statement ahead of Wednesday’s vote, US Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield argued that the committee “cannot do its important job if it is undermined from within”.
AT LEAST 24 WILL BE EXECUTED IN IRAN FOR INVOLVEMENT IN PROTESTS
“The Commission is the UN’s main body for promoting gender equality and empowering women,” she said ahead of the vote. “Iran’s membership at this point is an ugly stain on the Commission’s credibility.”
About 16 countries abstained, while 8 countries, including China, opposed Iran’s removal from the committee.
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Thomas-Greenfield defended the work of women’s rights activists in Iran protesting the Khamenei regime and called on the UN to take action.
Tehran has come under international outrage following the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini, who was killed in police custody in September and whose death prompted thousands to protest across the country.
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Amini was arrested and beaten by Iranian morality police for wearing her hijab incorrectly before succumbing to her injuries.
Women have since abandoned their hijabs, cut their hair and have taken to the streets alongside male supporters to protest, calling on the regime to lift its oppressive policies and address human rights violations.
“The Iranian government probably thought Mahsa’s death would be just a statistic, a small addition to its long record of state-sponsored violence against women,” Thomas-Greenfield said on Wednesday. “But this time – this time – was different.”
More than 18,400 people have reportedly arrested with reports of disappearances, detention in solidarity and torture that have followed ever since.
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At least two men have been hanged for their involvement in the protests and another 23 have reportedly been sentenced to execution.
Iran has reportedly called for the installation of a new intelligence agency within its judiciary to counter “propaganda campaigns by global arrogance,” Iran International reported Tuesday in clear reference to Western opposition to Tehran’s brutal policies.