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Islamic Republic must be made to abide by UN resolutions

The UN Human Rights Council has published (24 May 2015) ‘a written statement submitted by the Verein Sudwind Entwicklungspolitik, a non-governmental organization’, and experts of which we cite below. The statement was a response to the reelection to the UN’s Commission on the Status of Women and its becoming a member in January 2016 of the Executive Board of the UN for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women. The organization questions the mechanisms that make possible the membership of a government that has such a poor record on human and women’s rights by its arbitrary detentions, prosecution of journalists and human rights activists and women’s rights activists.
The statement goes on: “The [Islamic Republic] has not yet ratified the CEDAW and negative propaganda by the Iranian authorities is directed against gender equality, a term not used in official Iranian documents and public statements, wording gender justice instead. Furthermore during the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) all recommendations on equal rights for women or gender equality did not enjoy the support of the Islamic Republic of Iran’.
‘This view results in a host of discriminatory practices that affect women in their public and private lives. For example, in courts the monetary damages for causing the death of a woman is half that of a man. A woman’s testimony is also worth half of that of a man and women are barred from holding some government positions, there are no laws against domestic violence or FGB, but laws permitting honour killing, which is one of the most serious forms of violence against women within the family. Gender inequality in the Islamic Republic of Iran is structuralized and institutionalized.’
The statement expressed concern that the role of the Islamic Republic in the UN commission is going to be a harmful one especially as it blocked paragraph (nn) from the draft resolution which emphasized the implementation of laws and programmes that protect and enable the enjoyment of all human rights and fundamental freedoms for women, including their sexual and reproductive rights.
The Islamic Republican regime has shown its disregard for human rights, women’s rights or international law over and again. Its taking up seats in international councils is an extension of its sophistry. It must be taken to task over its suppression of women, workers and dissenters, and it must be made to abide by international law and UN resolutions.
Excerpts cited from UN General Assembly’s Agenda Item 2, A/HRC/29/NGO/36, 04.06.2015.
MaZanan 19.06.2015

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