Iran’s failure to secure a place on the UN’s Human Rights Council may have been seen as an indicator of “broad distaste for their human rights record” and a triumph for US policy, but what should we make of the fact that the country has subseqently succeeded in securing a place on the Commission on the Status of Women?
In Iran, where human rights and press freedom have deteriorated since last year’s disputed presidential election, women’s rights activists opposed the move.
A letter, written by women’s rights activists said that discriminatory laws demonstrate that the Islamic Republic does not believe in gender equality:
women lack the ability to choose their husbands, have no independent right to education after marriage, no right to divorce, no right to child custody, have no protection from violent treatment in public spaces, are restricted by quotas for women’s admission at universities, and are arrested, beaten, and imprisoned for peacefully seeking change of such laws
Reza Kahlili writes that for women “almost every human right is violated by Iran’s fanatical regime”
Sky News’ Tim Marshall writes there’s a new joke to replace the one about Libya being elected to chair the Human Rights Council.
Iran’s election “by acclaim” was announced without fanfare on 28 April along with The Democratic Republic of the Congo, Liberia and Zimbabwe.
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