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The US will try to expel Iran from the UN Commission on the Status of Women

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Iran has just begun a four-year term on the Commission, which convenes annually every March and aims to promote gender equality and the empowerment of women.

The US will seek to expel Iran from the 45-member UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) over the Iranian government’s denial of women’s rights and brutal crackdown on protests, US Vice President Kamala Harris said today.

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Iran has just begun a four-year term on the Commission, which convenes annually every March and aims to promote gender equality and the empowerment of women.

“The United States believes that no nation that systematically violates the rights of women and girls should play a role in any international or United Nations agency charged with protecting those very rights,” Harris said in a statement. .

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Iran has been engulfed in protests since the death of 22-year-old Masha Amini, who died in police custody last month. The unrest has turned into a popular uprising by Iranians from all walks of life, posing one of the biggest challenges to clerical leadership since the 1979 revolution.

Iran blames its foreign enemies and their agents for the unrest.

“Iran has demonstrated through the denial of women’s rights and the violent repression of its people that it is unfit to be a member of this Commission,” the American vice president pointed out.

The US and Albania will hold an informal meeting of the UN Security Council today, focusing on the protests in Iran. The meeting aims to seek ways to promote credible, independent investigations into human rights violations in the Islamic Republic.

Iranian Nobel Peace Prize laureate Shirin Ebadi and Iranian-born actress and activist Nazanin Boniadi will address the Commission.

Tehran accuses Washington and its allies of abusing the UN platform “to advance their political agenda” and urged countries not to attend the meeting.

“The US has no true and genuine concern about the human rights situation in Iran or elsewhere,” Iran’s UN ambassador Amir Saeed Iravani wrote in a letter to UN member states.

Iran’s UN delegation did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the US effort to expel Iran from the CSW.

CSW members are elected by the 54-member UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), which promotes international cooperation on economic, social, cultural, educational, health and related issues. Russia and the United States are both members of ECOSOC.

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