The United Nations adopted a U.S.-drafted resolution on Wednesday to throw Iran out of the U.N. Commission on the Status of Women.
The women’s commission is part of the U.N.’s Economic and Social Council, which held the vote, with 29 ECOSOC members voting for the resolution, eight against and 13 abstentions. China, Russia, Pakistan and Venezuela were among the countries who spoke in support of keeping Iran on the commission.
The United States began to prepare the resolution in November, two months into anti-regime protests throughout Iran that began after the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini at the hands of Iran’s “morality police.”
U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Linda Thomas-Greenfield told the ECOSOC that Iran had to be removed, as the misogynistic regime undermines its work on gender equality.
“The Commission is the premier U.N. body for promoting gender equality and empowering women,” Thomas-Greenfield said. “It cannot do its important work if it is being undermined from within. Iran’s membership at this moment is an ugly stain on the Commission’s credibility.”
Thomas-Greenfield said that the Islamic regime of Iran killed Amini “for the crime of being a woman.”
“Mahsa Amini just wanted to finish her studies. She wanted to start a family. She wanted to live a normal, happy life. She was just a student. But now she’s a martyr. On Sept. 13, when Mahsa stepped off a train in Tehran, she was accosted by the so-called ‘morality police’ and accused of wearing her headscarf improperly. … We know three days later, while still in police custody, she died. We know she was killed for the crime of being a woman,” Thomas-Greenfield said.
Israel’s Ambassador to the U.N. Gilad Erdan had even harsher words for Iran, comparing it to the Nazi regime.
“This resolution must receive the support of all of us, and whoever doesn’t support it is complicit in the oppression and murder of women. … The regime in Iran represents the embodiment of evil, just as Hitler’s Nazi regime represented the embodiment of evil,” Erdan said.
Erdan went on to enumerate other ways in which Iran represents evil.
“The Iranian ayatollahs are already responsible for the destruction of four Middle Eastern countries – they supply suicide drones for the murder of innocent Ukrainians, they attacked the cyber infrastructure of Albania, they murder innocent Kurds in Iraq, they endanger global maritime trade routes and they publicly threaten another member state of the U.N. with annihilation. There should be no question regarding this resolution and no talk of diplomatic or tactical considerations,” he said.
The ambassador stressed that Israel sees itself as a “true ally” of the Iranian people and he bemoaned the passivity of the international community.
“Seeing as the international community refused to take action against the suffering of the Iranian people, the Iranian people decided to take their futures into their own hands. We Israelis salute their bravery and view ourselves as true allies of the Iranian people. Yet, what have we, the family of nations, done to support their cause? Where is our courage? Have we taken swift and severe action? Have we all made it clear that if the regime continues to execute protesters, the international community will act against it? No, no and no. It’s truly a disgrace,” he said.
Iran, for its part, argued that the vote to boot it from the council was illegal.
“The U.S. request is entirely illegal as the Council members are fully aware that there is no precedent in the Council’s practice of terminating an elected member’s participation in a functional Commission for any alleged reason, nor it is supported by the Council’s rule of procedures,” Iran’s U.N. Ambassador Amir Saeid said at the meeting.