April 25 2014

Disgrace: Iran Appointed to the U.N.'s Commission on the Status of Women

Charlotte Hays

Women of the World, relax. Your freedoms are assured. This just in:

Iran Wins Seat on U.N. Women’s Rights Commission

Iran is a repressive regime that is notorious for the abuse of  all its people but especially of women.

It is true that Iran's "moderrate” President Hassan Rouhani has admitted that there are “still so many deficiencies” in the way his country treats women. Who knew Rouhani was such a master of understateent? From Breitbart:

In a report released last month, the UN chastised the government of Iran for imprisoning women's rights activists, relegating women to outsider status in politics, and introducing "laws that permit gender discrimination and promote violence against women." In the latter category, the report cites "the revised Islamic Penal Code, which... values women’s testimony in a court of law as half that of a man’s, and a woman’s life half that of a man’s."

Women are also subject to a significant number of executions for crimes such as adultery and being the survivors of rape. This month, a UN human rights expert called for Iran to cancel the scheduled execution of Reyhaneh Jabbari, who is alleged to have been raped by a former Iranian intelligence official. Jabbari was sentenced for the murder of her former boss, Morteza Abdolali Sarbandi. According to the UN, Jabbari confessed to the crime, but her conviction is "allegedly based on confessions made under threat possibly equivalent of torture." Even Sarbandi's family has expressed some doubts that Jabbari committed the crime. 

Jabbari is still scheduled for execution in the near future. …

Its new seat on the Commission on the Status of Women is not Iran's only U.N. triumph this week. Breitbart notes that Iran “made significant strides in gaining power” at the U.N. with places on five U.N. sub-committees.

The appointment to the Commission on the Status of Women is the most outrageous.

U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Samantha Power issued a statement finding Iran's election to these new positions at the U.S. “troubling.”

Give me a break. Can’t she do any better than that?

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