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Thursday, November 11, 2010

UN rejects Iran for women's rights council, takes Saudi Arabia instead

This could only happen in the mad, mad world of the United Nations.
The United Nations on Wednesday rejected Iran's bid for a seat to the board of the new U.N. agency to promote equality for women after fierce opposition from the United States and human rights groups to Tehran's treatment of women.

But the U.N. accepted the bid of Saudi Arabia, which is also opposed by human rights groups.

Iran, which has been criticized for its record on women's rights, received only 19 votes -- short of the necessary 28 votes for approval.

In recent months, Iran sparked an international outcry by sentencing to death by stoning a woman convicted of adultery.

In Saudi Arabia, women are not allowed to drive and are barred from many facilities used by men.
Even 19 votes is an "only at the UN" moment.

It's long past time to withdraw from that disgraceful body.

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At 8:04 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

This is the Orwellian world of women's rights at the UN. A country that denies women full equality is now entrusted with overseeing those rights.

And next thing we know, the Nazis will be entrusted be safeguarding Jewish rights!

The more things change...

At 9:13 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

From the article: “two slots allocated to emerging donor nations” —- So if you give enough money, the UN will ignore your countries record on women’s rights. What a sick joke.

At 10:19 PM, Blogger ais cotten19 said...

I was hoping Iran would make it in. It might wake people up about the UN. Then again, if Saudi Arabia can be on this council, and if Libya be appointed to investigate the US on human rights, then maybe nothing will wake people up. Death to the UN!


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