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US wants to remove Iran from UN Commission on Women’s Rights

US wants to remove Iran from UN Commission on Women's Rights


Iranians in Greece light candles with the name “Mahasa” during a demonstration on October 30, 2022, 40 days after Mahsa Amini’s death in police custody afp_tickers

This material 02 November 2022 – 18:50 . was published on

(AFP)

The United States will seek to remove Iran from the United Nations Commission for Women’s Rights, Vice President Kamala Harris said on Wednesday, highlighting the “courage” of protests against that Islamic state’s government.

Harris said Washington would work with other countries to remove Iran from the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women, whose members are elected to four-year terms.

“Iran has shown through its denial of women’s rights and brutal repression against its own people that it is unfit to serve on this commission,” Harris said in a statement.

His presence on that committee “defames the integrity of the members and their work to advance their mandate,” he said.

Iran is the scene of the biggest protests since the 1979 Islamic Revolution following the September 16 death of Mahsa Amini, 22, in police custody, which enforces a strict dress code for women.

“To those who protest, I repeat that we see and hear you. I am inspired by your courage, as are so many around the world,” Harris said.

The United States and its European allies have imposed several sanctions on Iran over the protests and helped restore internet access disrupted by the authorities.

The nations that make up the above-mentioned Women’s Commission are elected by the United Nations Economic and Social Council, whose members are voted on by the General Assembly.

Iran, ruled by Shia Muslim clerics, was elected to a term expiring in 2026. The United States will complete its term next year.

Afghanistan is also a member of the body, although the country is not represented at the United Nations by the Taliban, which returned to power last year banning government work for women and secondary education for girls.

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