Iran ousted from U.N. women’s group after U.S. campaign

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UNITED NATIONS, Dec. 14 (Reuters) – Iran was expelled from a United Nations women’s group on Wednesday over policies that violate the rights of women and girls, a move proposed by the United States following Tehran’s crackdown on protests over the death of a young woman. in custody.

The 54-member UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) passed a US-drafted resolution to “remove the Islamic Republic of Iran from the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) with immediate effect for the remainder of her term of office from 2022-2026.”

There were 29 votes in favour, eight against – including Russia and China – and 16 abstentions.

“This is a victory for Iranian revolutionaries who have faced guns and bullets in their fight against this gender apartheid state,” US-based Iranian journalist and women’s rights activist Masih Alinejad wrote on Twitter.

Iran’s cleric rulers have faced the biggest protests in years since September, when 22-year-old Kurdish Iranian woman Mahsa Amini died in the custody of vice police, which enforce strict dress codes.

US Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield said removing Iran was the right thing to do. The 45-member committee meets annually in March and aims to promote gender equality and women’s empowerment.

“It’s hugely important to the women of Iran,” Thomas-Greenfield told Reuters after the vote.

“They got a strong message from the United Nations that we will support them and we will condemn Iran and we will not let them sit on the Commission on the Status of Women and continue to attack women in their own country,” she said.

Thomas-Greenfield said the vote was unprecedented and “we are not going to draw a line, we will continue to push for human rights wherever they are violated. This is a core value for us.”

IRAN REJECTS DESCRIPTION

Ahead of the vote, Iran’s UN Ambassador Amir Saeid Iravani called the US action illegal and described Washington as a bully. “This illegal behavior could also set a dangerous precedent with far-reaching consequences,” Iravani said.

Iran, 17 other states and the Palestinians, in a letter to ECOSOC on Monday, urged members to vote no to avoid a “new trend of expelling sovereign and legitimately elected states from a particular organ of the international system , if that is ever perceived as inconvenient.”

UN Director Richard Gowan of the International Crisis Group said several countries that supported Iran’s removal were also privately concerned about setting a precedent for exclusion.

“Even many countries disgusted by Iran’s behavior would have preferred something more lenient, such as temporarily suspending Iran from the CSW,” Gowan said. “But the US was essentially forcing other members to fall into line by announcing the initiative without any warning.”

Thomas-Greenfield said there was consultation on the measure and that if everyone had been able to weigh in on the drafting of the resolution, “we would still be negotiating next year”.

The Islamic Republic on Monday publicly hanged a man convicted of killing two members of the security forces, according to state media, the second execution of people involved in protests in less than a week.

The demonstrations have turned into a popular uprising of irate Iranians from all walks of life, posing one of the most significant legitimacy challenges for the Shiite clerical elite since the 1979 Islamic Revolution.

Iran has blamed its foreign enemies and their agents for the unrest.

The Geneva-based UN Judiciary Council last month voted for an independent inquiry into Iran’s deadly suppression of protests, passing the motion to the cheers of activists. Tehran accused Western states of using the council to attack Iran in a “terrible and shameful” way.

Reporting by Michelle Nichols; Edited by Lisa Shumaker and Grant McCool

Our Standards: The Thomson Reuters Principles of Trust.

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