UN removes Iran from women’s rights body

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The United Nations on Wednesday voted to remove Iran from a women’s rights body over Tehran’s brutal crackdown on women-led protests.

Following a campaign led by the United States, 29 members of the UN Economic and Social Council (Ecosoc) voted to expel the Islamic republic from the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW) for the remainder of its 2022-2026 term.

Eight countries voted against and 16 abstained. A simple majority was needed to adopt the motion, which had been proposed by the US.

The resolution says it strips Iran of its membership in the commission with immediate effect.

The text says the Iranian leadership “continuously undermine and increasingly suppress the human rights of women and girls, including the right to freedom of expression and opinion, often with the use of excessive force.”