UNITED NATIONS, Dec 14 (Reuters) – Iran appears to be ousted from a UN women’s panel on Wednesday over policies that run counter to the rights of women and girls, but several countries are expected to join the United Nations’ group States diplomats asked to abstain from voting said.
The 54-member UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) will vote on a US-drafted resolution to “remove the Islamic Republic of Iran from the Commission on the Status of Women for the remainder of its 2022-2026 term with immediate effect “.
The 45-member Commission for the Status of Women meets annually in March and aims to promote gender equality and the empowerment of women. A US official told Reuters they had seen “continuously growing support” for Iran’s removal.
Iran, 17 other states and the Palestinians argued in a letter to ECOSOC on Monday that a vote “will undoubtedly set an undesirable precedent that will ultimately prevent other member states with different cultures, customs and traditions from contributing to their commissions.” .”
The letter urged members to vote against the US move to avoid a “new trend towards the exclusion of sovereign and duly elected states from any particular body of the international system if that is ever found to be inconvenient and an awkward majority for the.” Enforcement of such maneuvers could be secured. “
Only five of the letter’s signatories are currently ECOSOC members and will be able to vote on Wednesday.
The Islamic Republic on Monday publicly hanged a man who state media said had been convicted of killing two members of the security forces, the second execution in less than a week by people involved in protests against Iran’s ruling theocracy.
Nationwide unrest erupted three months ago after the death of 22-year-old Iranian Kurdish woman Mahsa Amini, who was in custody and arrested by vice squads to enforce the Islamic Republic’s mandatory dress code.
The demonstrations have developed into a popular revolt by angry Iranians from all walks of life and present the Shiite clerical elite with one of the greatest legitimacy challenges since the Islamic Revolution of 1979.
Iran blames its foreign enemies and their agents for the unrest.
The Geneva-based UN Judiciary Council voted last month to appoint an independent inquiry into Iran’s deadly crackdown on protests, and passed the motion to activists’ cheers. Tehran accused western states of using the council to attack Iran in a “appalling and shameful” move.
Reporting by Michelle Nichols; Editing by Lisa Shumaker
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