Why would the UN Give Iran a Seat on Women’s Rights Commission?

There is probably no other nation in the Muslim world that holds to sharia law and mistreatment of women more than Iran.  Their laws still call for the lashing of women who have been judged immoral along with public stoning.  A Muslim man can legally beat and even kill his wife or daughter on just the suspicion of impropriety.

In Iran, women are not allowed to socialize with men, worship with men or walk next a man in public.  It’s difficult for many Iranian girls and women to get a formal education or hold jobs where they work with men.

Women, under Iranian sharia law are treated no better than other property or livestock.  As property and livestock can be disposed of, so can an Iranian woman.

So why would the United Nations give Iran a seat on the Commission on the Status of Women subcommittee?  Yeah, that’s right.  The UN just rewarded Iran’s anti-women regime with a 4 year seat on the very committee that deals with women’s rights along with a seat on the Committee on NGOs, the 19 nation committee that deals with non-government organizations.  This committee deals with such groups as human rights organizations.

Samantha Power, Obama’s appointment as the US Ambassador to the UN, tweeted about the appointments:

“Yet again #Iran ran unopposed & was ‘elected’ to Commission on Status of Women. Given record on women’s & human rights, this is an outrage.”

To which a reply was quickly sent by someone in Tehran to Fox News saying:

“The Islamic Republic of Iran categorically rejects the baseless accusations raised [by the U.S. Ambassador].  In the past decades,” Iran has “routinely adopted effective and constructive approach in relation to all multilateral issues within the framework of the UN as well as its bilateral relationship with other states [sic].”

Hillel Neuer, Executive Director of the human rights organization UN Watch echoed some of Power’s feelings about Iran’s new position in the United Nations, saying:

“It is a black day for human rights.  Last Thursday the Iranian regime beat up and broke the bones of some 30 dissidents in the notorious Evin prison.”

David Keyes, Executive Director of Advancing Human Rights also responded to the UN’s actions, saying:

“The Iranian regime hangs poets, jails opposition, tortures bloggers and brutally represses minorities and women.  The thousands of dissidents imprisoned and tortured by the Iranian regime will surely feel deflated as they see their brutal leaders embraced by global powers.”

In 2010, when Iran was first considered to be a candidate nation for the UN Commission Status of Women, the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran, wrote a letter to the United Nations saying in part:

“We, a group of gender-equality activists, believe that for the sake of women’s rights globally, an empty seat for the Asia group on CSW is much preferable to Iran’s membership. We are writing to alert you to the highly negative ramifications of Iran’s membership in this international body.”

“In recent years, the Iranian government has not only refused to join the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), but has actively opposed it. The Iranian government has earned international condemnation as a gross violator of women’s rights. Discrimination against women is codified in its laws, as well as in executive and cultural institutions, and Iran has consistently sought to preserve gender inequality in all places, from the family unit to the highest governmental bodies.”

“Iran’s discriminatory laws demonstrate that the Islamic Republic does not believe in gender equality:  women lack the ability to choose their husbands, have no independent right to education after marriage, no right to divorce, no right to child custody, have no protection from violent treatment in public spaces, are restricted by quotas for women’s admission at universities, and are arrested, beaten, and imprisoned for peacefully seeking change of such laws.”

“While the Iranian women’s rights movement has inspired equality activists around the world, the Iranian government has no basic belief in gender equality, and would bring those views to the leadership of CSW. How would that support CSW’s mission to remove gender inequalities and promote and protect the status of women?”

What I don’t understand is why the UN would do such a thing when they are so big on women’s rights.  The UN even wants to empower girls as young as 10 have their own say over their bodies and to even be involved with sex and prostitution at that age.  The Iranian treatment of women is the exact the opposite of what the UN constantly endorses so why give them a seat on the commission to oversee the treatment of women worldwide?

Is it possible that the UN is being taken over by Islamic rule?  If so, they will be an even greater danger to the sovereignty of America and must, I repeat MUST be removed from US soil and the US MUST withdraw its membership in the United Nations.