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PostPosted: Thu Mar 14, 2019 8:57 am    Post subject: Iran gets seat on UN women's rights committee Reply with quote

( no joke , this was not covered by the mainstream media but does in fact appear to be accurate . that Iran in fact got a seat on a UN status of women committee . considering women have so few rights in Iran something about this does not seem right on any level )

Iran Gets Seat on U.N. Women’s Rights Committee

BY Aaron Bandler | Mar 13, 2019 | World    

The United Nations announced on March 13 that Iran will get a seat on the U.N. Women’s Rights Committee.

U.N. Watch executive director Hillel Neuer shared the announcement on Twitter:

Neuer also pointed out that Iran adds to a growing number of anti-Israel countries on the committee:

According to Human Rights Watch (HRW), women face myriad restrictions on freedom in Iran, including that they “cannot pass on their nationality to their foreign-born spouses or their children like men.”

“A married woman may not obtain a passport or travel outside the country without the written permission of her husband Under the civil code,” the HRW report adds. “A husband is accorded the right to choose the place of living and can prevent his wife from having certain occupations if he deems them against ‘family values.’”

The report also notes that the Iranian regime has sentenced several women to prison sentences for as long as 20 years for because they removed their hijabs during anti-regime protests in December 2017 and January 2018. The regime forces Iranian women to wear hijabs in public.


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Iran Wins Leadership Post at UN ‘Gender Equality’ Body, After Sentencing Women’s Rights Advocate to Prison, Lashing

By Patrick Goodenough | March 14, 2019 | 4:27 AM EDT

Iranian human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh. (Photo by Kaveh Kazemi/Getty Images) Irish Ambassador to the U.N. Geraldine Byrne Nason. (Photo: Dep’t of Foreign Affairs, Ireland)

(CNSNews.com) – The United Nations’ body dedicated to “gender equality and the advancement of women” this week handed Iran a key role in evaluating “injustice and discriminatory practices against women” – on the same day as an Iranian court reportedly sentenced a women’s rights advocate to 38 years’ imprisonment and 148 lashes.

No Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) member-state raised an objection or called for a recorded vote, and Iran got the post.

Also on Monday, Iranian human rights activists, citing family members, reported news of the sentencing of Nasrin Sotoudeh, a lawyer who represented women charged for protesting the mandatory wearing of the hijab.

Sotoudeh, who was arrested last year, was charged with various security offenses, including spying, plotting against the state, and insulting supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

State media said she had been sentenced to five years’ imprisonment for plotting against the state and another two years for insulting Khamenei. But Sotoudeh’s husband posted online that the total punishment handed down was 38 years’ imprisonment and 148 lashes.

State Department deputy spokesman Robert Palladino said Tuesday the U.S. was “outraged” at the reported sentence, calling it “beyond barbaric.”

“Her alleged crime was advocating for Iranian women’s rights and for defending other Iranian women who were arrested by the regime for peacefully protesting the mandatory hijab law,” he told reporters.

Palladino cited reports that Sotoudeh had been “sentenced in absentia without a fair trial by the notorious Revolutionary Court, which is led by Judge [Mohammad] Moghiseh, an accused human rights violator.”

In New York, the CSW is holding its 63rd annual session, which runs through March 22.

As it began on Monday, the gathering filled two seats on a five-member “Working Group on Communications.” Its main function is to consider confidential communications and replies by governments, relating to cases that “appear to reveal a consistent pattern of reliably attested injustice and discriminatory practices against women.”

Irish Ambassador to the U.N. Geraldine Byrne Nason. (Photo: Dep’t of Foreign Affairs, Ireland)

Chairing the session, Geraldine Byrne Nason of Ireland noted that the Asia and Africa groups had endorsed Iran and Nigeria respectively for the positions.

“May I take it that the Commission wishes to appoint Nigeria and the Islamic Republic of Iran to serve on the Working Group on Communications of the 63rd session?” she asked.

A second later, Nason said, “I hear no objections.” And banging her gavel, she added, “It is so decided.”

‘Moral relativism’

UN Watch, a leading non-governmental monitor of U.N. agencies, condemned the decision.

“The United Nations was founded on moral clarity but sadly, all too often today we see moral relativism of the kind that allows the misogynistic regime of Iran to examine complaints alleging violations of women’s rights,” the organization’s executive director, Hillel Neuer, said on Wednesday.

“That’s like asking the fox to guard the chickens. Iran treats women as second class citizens and oppresses them daily with the forced hijab law.”

Neuer said the Irish government in particular should “apologize for its CSW chair who failed to stand up and speak out for the basic rights of Iranian women.”

“Empowering Iran to hold any kind of symbolic position as a global guardian of women’s rights sends the worst possible message as to how the United Nations feels about the rights of oppressed women in Iran.”

Queries have been sent to the Department of Foreign Affairs in Dublin.

Iran has for years ranked near the bottom of the World Economic Forum’s annual “Global Gender Gap” report, which measures gaps between women and men in areas of political empowerment, economic participation and opportunity, educational attainment, and health and survival.

In the most recent report, covering 2018, Iran was in 142nd place out of 149 countries evaluated.

Despite that record, and despite protests at the time by Iranian women’s rights activists Iran was elected onto the 45-member CSW in 2010, and has since 2011 served several consecutive terms.

According to the CSW website, the Working Group on Communications meets for three days behind closed doors before the annual session begins, to consider confidential communications relating to alleged violations against women, before reporting to the CSW.

Examples of the types the issues it deals with include: arbitrary arrests, deaths and torture in custody, forced disappearances, forced marriage, sexual harassment, sex trafficking, virginity testing, gender discrimination in criminal punishment, and “violation of the rights of women human rights defenders to freedom of expression and assembly.”

Sotoudeh has served prison time previously for her human rights work. After representing opposition activists following the protests against former president of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s disputed re-election in 2009 she was charged with spreading propaganda and conspiring to harm state security.

In 2011 she was sentenced to 11 years’ imprisonment and barred from working as a lawyer for 20 years. The sentence was later reduced on appeal to six years’ imprisonment, and a ten-year ban on practicing law.

In 2012 the European Parliament awarded Sotoudeh its Sakharov Prize. She was released early, just days before newly-elected President Hassan Rouhani was due to address the United Nations in New York in September 2013.


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 16, 2019 7:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is good for those whose taste in humour runs to the ironic, but how surprised can you be when Saudi Arabia has held such a dominating role in the UN Human Rights Commission?

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 19, 2019 8:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

( the mainstream media has pretty much taken a pass on this story , oddly no news article about it , one of the few ones I could even find was from the clarion project which seems to be some sort of independent news outlet , nothing from the CBC , CNN , NBC , FOX etc )

Analysis, News Analysis
Published March 19, 2019
By Justen Charters

UN Appoints Iran to Women’s Right Committee

Iranian lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh with her husband, Reza Khandan, her son Nima and her daughter Mehraveh at her house in Tehran on September 18, 2013, after being freed after three years in prison. (Photo: BEHROUZ MEHRI/AFP/Getty Images)

The United Nations just appointed Iran to a women’s rights committee tasked with responding to women’s rights violations.

The controversial move follows the sentencing by Iran of Nasrin Sotoudeh, a female human rights lawyer, to 12 years in prison plus 148 lashes. Sotoudeh represented many women who removed their hijabs while protesting the Iranian regime.

She was charged with “encouraging corruption and debauchery” (the lashes were for appearing in court without a hijab herself).

Sotoudeh previously spent three years in prison after representing dissidents protesting the disputed election of former Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. She was released in 2013.

Clarion Project spoke with some individuals inside of Iran about the choice the U..N made. For security reasons, we have used pseudonyms and cannot reveal their names or locations.

Ashkan told us Iran justifies its mistreatment of women with scripture. “We have a verse that allows men to punish women,” he said. “A few times, I’ve seen men kick women on the street and I’ve seen all forms of harassment.”

Farhad described a different situation. In Iran, they have green vans that take people away either through asking people to come with them or by force. “They have ‘Protective Unit’ written on them. Once my girlfriend was wearing a red coat that was too short.” Farhad described how the van’s doors opened and out exited a man and a woman. Farhad’s girlfriend was politely told to come in the van and change her clothes.

The couple didn’t resist and decided to cooperate. The van doors then closed, and she was taken away. “They lied to me. I had to talk to so many assholes for hours until they finally let her go,” he said.

There are far more serious cases that violate women’s rights in Iran. Anahita was a political activist who was arrested and imprisoned for several months. During her imprisonment, she was raped by the prison guards.

Aside from the stories and comments of the individuals above, Iran’s morality police make sure women are wearing hijabs. There are numerous leaked videos inside of the country that show men assaulting women because they aren’t wearing their hijab.

In addition, women are forbidden from entering sports stadiums, are forced into early marriages and have little voice when it comes to divorce and other legal matters.

By appointing Iran to a women’s rights committee, the UN only helps provide a bigger platform for a country that brutally oppresses women. As evidenced by the individuals brave enough to speak out in this piece, the current regime has no interest in women’s rights or giving women a voice.


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 19, 2019 8:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

( also a short article from a site called " Iran news update " )

Iran given spot on UN Council for women, despite human rights abuses against women

  Published: 18 March 2019

By INU Staff

INU- Iran has been granted a seat on the United Nations Committee on the Status of Women, which oversees protests about the international abuse of women, despite the fact that the country is one of the top women rights’ abusers in the world.

In fact, this decision was announced at the same time that the Regime is causing outrage internationally for sentencing Nasrin Sotoudeh, a human rights activist, lawyer, and holder of the Sakharov Prize, a long prison term and 148 lashes for merely defending people arrested for protesting the forced hijab.

Iranian women have also been majorly involved in the nationwide uprising that began in December 2017 and spread to 160 cities shortly after. These people are chanting anti-regime slogans and making it clear that the mullahs need to go.

In the past year, Iranian women took part in over 1,500 pickets, strikes, sit-ins, rallies and marches to demand that the Regime respect the human rights of the Iranian people, compared with 436 protests in the previous year.

In the 2019 Annual Report from the Women’s Committee of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), it is shown that the Iranian women protesting come from all age groups, all occupations, all social classes, and all ethnicities. All Iranian women want the corrupt rulers removed from power.

This is something that even the Regime has been forced to admit, with many Revolutionary Guard commanders confessing to increased arrests of Iranian women for protesting, something that Amnesty International said signals a human rights crisis in Iran.

Human Rights Watch urged Iran to drop all charges against protesters for peaceful assembly and release those detained, while the UN General Assembly has called on the Regime to end “widespread restrictions” on personal freedoms and the “harassment and intimidation” of political opponents, human rights defenders, workers, students and environmental activists.
And all of this is happening against a backdrop of regional interference, terrorist plots in Europe, and attacks on Iranian dissidents orchestrated by the Iranian Regime and their proxies.

Hassan Mahmoudi, a human rights advocate and journalist, wrote: “The appointment of Iran at U.N. Women’s Rights Committee has not a significant effect because the right solution lies in the hands of a young organized generation risen in this path demanding the regime’s overthrow. they formed resistance units who lead the protests and strikes and draw the conclusion and have ultimate say on the streets.”


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 19, 2019 1:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is how bad it is -- a nation is not supposed to be able to join the UN unless it accepts the UN's Universal Declaration of Human Rights, one of it's founding documents. It was, if not now, a requirement for membership.


In the West, transsexuals have used 'human rights' thinking to get court backing for their demands. At the same time nobody would think of bothering the Saudis or the Pakistani regime to conform to those standards, never mind Yemen, etc. In Iran, they throw homosexuals off of tall buildings and the UN doesn't raise an eyebrow.
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