Secret Ballot Within U.N. Elects Iran into Women’s Rights Commission

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The U.N. recently elected Iran to the Commission on the Status of Women for a four-year term and human rights activists are not happy about it. According to UN Watch, four of the 15 of the western group democracies within the U.N.’s Economic and Social Council voted for Iran on a secret ballot.

The countries within the Economic and Social Council include the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Latvia, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Austria, Australia, Canada, Luxembourg, and the Netherlands.

UN Watch is demanding the countries reveal how they voted. Executive Director of UN Watch Hillel Neuer said the election of Iran to this women’s rights commission “to protect women’s rights is like making an arsonist into the town fire chief.” He continued, calling this move “absurd-and morally reprehensible,” and said this is a black day for women’s rights, and for all human rights.”

He called out the U.N. saying they have in the past criticized Iran’s oppression of women.” He said the U.N. has sold-out women’s rights for backroom political deals and let down millions of victims in Iran and worldwide who look to the world body for protection. 

There is so much more to read in this story. It really is appalling that Iran has been elected into this commission for women’s rights. It seems totally backward. It would make sense if there were serious reforms for women in that society, but as far as we know that is not happening. 

For more on this story, go to UN Watch.