Iran ousted from UN women’s rights commission amid crackdown and executions

Iran was expelled from the UN Commission on the Status of Women on Wednesday after the United States called for impeachment over Tehran’s “systematic repression” of women and violent crackdown on street protests over the death of Mahsa Amini.

Twenty-nine members of the UN Economic and Social Council voted in favor of a US resolution for the immediate termination of Iran from the committee for the remainder of the 2022-2026 term. Eight members voted against the resolution and 16 abstained.

The resolution, proposed by the US last month, expressed “serious concern” over Iran’s actions since September “to continually undermine and increasingly repress the human rights of women and girls, including the right to freedom of expression and opinion. , often using excessive force,” in violation of the commission’s mandate, “as well as through the use of deadly force resulting in the deaths of peaceful demonstrators, including women and girls.”

Ahead of the vote, US Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield said Iran’s membership is an “ugly stain” on the committee’s credibility.

“The commission is the main UN body for advancing gender equality and empowering women,” she said. “It cannot do its important job if it is undermined from within.”

“We can act to support women right now. We can act in direct response to our voters, the global community of women,” she said, adding that the Iranian government wanted to “squeeze” itself out of the vote, “to use misinformation and procedural tricks to obscure the truth and avoid any form of accountability. .”

Iran’s UN ambassador, Amir Saeid Iravani, accused the US of making an “illegal” request and bullying.

“It is not at all unexpected that the United States is taking such unlawful action against Iran given its long-standing hostility towards the Iranian people, but if carried out, it would be extremely dangerous to the integrity of the UN system,” he said.

The state-run Iranian media outlet Nour News, which has ties to Iran’s National Security Council, quickly denounced the country’s eviction in a post on Twitterwho called the move “a clear violation of the UN’s philosophy and charter, and worse still, the UN Secretary-General, as guardian of the credibility of this institution, has remained silent.”

Amini, a 22-year-old Kurdish woman, died in September, a few days after she was taken into custody by Tehran’s vice squad for allegedly failing to fully cover her hair and defying the country’s strict dress code. Her death sparked outrage across the country and more than two months of protests.

In the wake of her death, Iranian activists abroad and human rights groups called on the Biden administration to rally other countries to remove Iran from the UN commission over its response to the protests, which were led by Iranian women.

Permanent Representative of Iran Amir Saeid Iravani at the 5th Plenary Session of the Economic and Social Council on the removal of the Islamic Republic of Iran from membership of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (Yuki Iwamura / AFP - Getty Images)

Permanent Representative of Iran Amir Saeid Iravani at the 5th Plenary Session of the Economic and Social Council on the removal of the Islamic Republic of Iran from membership of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (Yuki Iwamura / AFP – Getty Images)

Iran, which ranks 143rd out of 146 countries in the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Index, was voted into committee by secret ballot. The vote to expel Iran from the committee came days after the country carried out a second known execution of a prisoner detained and sentenced during nationwide protests challenging the country’s theocracy.

This article was originally published on NBCNews.com

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