Iran, a human rights violator, has been elected to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women.

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Iran, along with China, Japan, Lebanon, and Pakistan, was elected to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women for a four-year term on Monday.

Cabo Verde, Egypt, Mauritania, and Tunisia were all elected to the commision for four-year terms, as were Costa Rica, Panama, and Trinidad and Tobago.

According to the body, the Commission on the Status of Women is the “global champion for gender equality,” It aims to create and maintain conditions that enable all women to exercise their human rights. The commision reports on topics that it considers central to women’s empowerment and aims to foster women’s global development.

Women’s rights are severely restricted in Iran, Human Rights Watch (HRW) reported, saying that they face  “serious discrimination” on a variety of issues including marriage, divorce and child custody. Women have been jailed for speaking out in favor of women’s rights, HRW reported.

According to Amnesty International, domestic abuse, marital rape, and early and compulsory marriage are all crimes that Iranian authorities have refused to criminalise. According to Amnesty International, these crimes, as well as other forms of gender-based violence against women, are still prevalent in the region.

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According to Amnesty International, authorities have also refused to take action against men who murder their wives or children, and the minimum age for marriage is 13, while men can seek permission to marry their daughters and granddaughters sooner.

“Electing the Islamic Republic of Iran to protect women’s rights is like making an arsonist into the town fire chief,” said Hillel Neuer, executive director of UN Watch. “It’s absurd — and morally reprehensible.”

“This is a black day for women’s rights, and for all human rights,” said Neuer.

“Iran’s persecution of women is gross and systematic, both in law and in practice. The UN’s own secretary-general has reported on Iran’s ‘persistent discrimination against women and girls,’” said Neuer.


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