Canada Global (Web News) Iran appears set to be pushed out of a UN women’s body on Wednesday for policies that violate women’s and girls’ rights, but several countries are expected to abstain from the vote requested by the US, diplomats said.
The UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) will vote on a resolution drafted by the United States to “remove the Islamic Republic of Iran from the Commission on the Status of Women for the remainder of its 2022-2026 term.”
The 45-member Commission on the Status of Women meets annually in March to promote gender equality and women’s empowerment. According to Reuters, the US has “consistently seen growing support” for removing Iran.
The letter urged members to oppose the US move in order to avoid a “new trend of expelling sovereign and rightfully-elected States from any given body of the international system, if ever perceived as inconvenient and a circumstantial majority could be secured for imposing such manoeuvres.”
According to official television, the Islamic Republic hanged a man in public on Monday after he was found guilty of killing two security forces personnel. This was the second execution in less than a week.
Three months ago, Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old Kurdish Iranian woman detained by morality police enforcing Islamic Republic’s mandatory dress code rules, passed away while in custody, sparking nationwide anger.
Since the Islamic Revolution of 1979, the rallies have evolved into a popular uprising by enraged Iranians from all societal strata, posing one of the most significant challenges to the Shiite clerical elite’s legitimacy.