Or perhaps it's the Taraneh Moussavi division: Behar and company must be rubbing their hooves in glee.
UN Lunacy Outdoes Itself: IRAN to Become Member of Women’s Rights Group The Undhimmi (hat tip PV)
… shortly to be joined by Saudi Barbaria. The credibility death knell surely sounds for the already ineffectual, beyond-its-sell-by-date United Nations:
(Video above: the formidable Hillel Neuer of UN Watch, ripping into the UNHRC in a speech they subsequently expunged from their records. Looks like he’s set to be even busier soon. You can support UNW by signing up for newsletters and making a donation here – they do splendid work.)
Iran, where a woman convicted of adultery has been sentenced to death by stoning, is poised to become a board member of the new United Nations agency to promote equality for women.
The move has sparked outrage from the US and human rights groups. Some rights groups are also upset that Saudi Arabia, where women are not allowed to drive and are barred from many facilities used by men, is also trying to join the governing body of UN Women.
The General Assembly resolution adopted in July that merged four UN bodies dealing with women’s issues into a single agency with greater clout to represent half the world’s population calls for a 41-member executive board, with 35 members chosen by regional groups and six representing donor nations.
The Asian group has put forward an uncontested 10-nation list that includes Iran, UN diplomats said, and Saudi Arabia has been selected for one of two slots for emerging donor nations.
The 54 nations on the UN Economic and Social Council are expected to elect the UN Women’s board on November 10 and it is possible that other Asian nations or emerging donor nations could become candidates, though diplomats said that is not likely.
Mark Kornblau, spokesman for the US Mission, said Iran’s membership “would send the wrong signal at the start of this exciting new initiative”.
“UN Women is a vital new agency tasked with promoting gender equality and women’s empowerment worldwide,” he said. “We and many other countries are concerned by the negative implications of Iran’s potential board memberships, given its poor record on human rights and the treatment of women.
The stoning sentence against the 43-year-old woman, Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, has raised an international outcry, embarrassing Iran.
A resolution adopted by the General Assembly last year expressed “deep concern” at Iran’s increasing use of executions, death by stoning, torture, flogging and amputations, and its increasing discrimination against religious, ethnic and other minorities.
Philippe Bolopion, UN advocacy director for Human Rights Watch, said “it’s puzzling that Iran would have the nerve to be a candidate for the board of UN Women, and even more puzzling if the Asia group lets Iran get away with it”.
He added: “Having on top of it Saudi Arabia, a country with a track record on women’s rights as horrendous as Iran’s, would add insult to injury.”
Just when you thought the United Nations could not be any more of a useless self-parody, another logic-defying episode comes along.
The UN Human Rights Council has already been taken over by the members of the Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC) and members the Non-Aligned Movement – who together comprise some of the world’s worst human rights abusers – now these sorry bands of despots appear to be positioning their members for leadership of the new Women’s Rights group. Astounding.
The UN Human Rights Council has done absolutely nothing in recent years except issue condemnations of Israel and push resolutions making criticism of Islam illegal. The plight of people in Burma, Sudan, Somalia, Saudia Arabia? Nothing – except endless censure of one tiny Middle East Country that in terms of human development, equality, economic activity and – yes, human rights – puts them all to shame.
The pattern is clear. The OIC and NAM use their disproportionate voting power, the sympathetic credulity of the mainstream media and the inert selfishness of the developed nations to gain power on strategic councils and committees. They then subvert them and turn them to serve their own selfish interests and narratives.
So now what can we expect, as it does the same for women’s rights? Honour killings, FGM, forced and underage marriages, repressive dress codes, discrimination and the chattel status of women in Islam? Fuggedaboudit.
The only things you will be able to hear from the newly Islamised women’s rights group are the sounds of crickets chirping, tumbleweed tumbling; and the self-congratulatory cries of ‘Alahu Akbar’!
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