(UnitedVoice.com) – In March 2022, Iran joined the United Nations’ Commission on the Status of Women with plans to remain on it until at least the end of its term in 2026. However, after 22-year-old Mahsa Amini died three days after the nation’s “morality police” arrested and detained her, many people began to call for the nation’s removal from the gender-equality commission. Now, it’s finally happened.
On Wednesday, December 14, the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) voted to expel Iran from the Commission on the Status of Women in light of its horrific treatment of females and those who protest supporting women’s rights. While 16 members chose not to vote, 29 nations voted in favor of the removal, and 8, including Russia and China, voted to oppose it.
🚨🇮🇷 Iran was ousted from the United Nation's Commission on the Status of Women on Wednesday evening in a vote of 29-8.
China and Russia voted against the decision. pic.twitter.com/DqQK2jhjEB
— Terror Alarm (@Terror_Alarm) December 14, 2022
In a press statement the same day, Secretary of State Antony Blinken condemned the “brutality and violence” of the Iranian government while highlighting America’s “unwavering support” for the Iranian people. According to the Daily Wire, Iran said the vote set “an unwelcome precedent” that could keep other UN members with “different cultures, customs and traditions” from joining similar groups in the future.
Still, for the thousands of women, men, and children fighting for women’s rights in the nation, the move acknowledged their difficult battle and signaled international support for their cause.
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