ACI CONDEMS THE ELECTION OF IR TO CSWWritten by ACI in 21 April 21
Commission on the Status of Women
ACI has been fighting the election of the Islamic Republic of Iran’s election to the Commission on the Status of Women for many years. We are outraged that in 2021 a regime that blatantly and systematically continues to discriminate against women and girls in law and in practice has been elected as a member of a body tasked with “promoting women’s rights, documenting the reality of women’s lives throughout the world, and shaping global standards on gender equality and the empowerment of women”.
How can a regime that condones honour killings in its Penal Code assess the promotion of women’s rights and shape global standards on gender equality and the empowerment of women?
ACI reiterates that religion, tradition and cultural identity cannot be used as an excuse for violation of universal rights accorded by international standards.
Islamic Republic’s membership in CSW is an outright abuse of the UN system and utter contempt for universal values of equality and justice for which many human rights defenders are in detention in Iran today.