Iran fails to get seat in UN women's rights agency

Meanwhile Saudi Arabia wins seat

BBC: Iran has failed to obtain a seat on the board of a new UN super-agency for women's rights, after fierce opposition from the US and human rights activists.

However, Saudi Arabia, which also faced protests from rights groups, secured a seat.

Iran had initially been guaranteed a seat as there were no competitors, but East Timor later proposed itself and won the place instead.

The new agency, known as UN Women, merges four existing bodies.

Human Rights Watch had said that admitting either Iran or Saudi Arabia would send the wrong signal to women around the world given their poor rights records.

Iranian Nobel Peace Prize laureate Shirin Ebadi said that membership of countries like Iran and Saudi Arabia on the board was "like a joke".

Iran drew international condemnation recently after sentencing a women to death by stoning for adultery.

And a General Assembly resolution last year noted "deep concern" over Iran's increasing use of executions, torture, flogging and amputations, and discrimination against minorities.

Meanwhile, activists highlighted Saudi Arabia, where women are not allowed to drive and are barred from many facilities used by men >>>



عقلشون نرسید!



باید درخواست جمهوری اسلامی رو قبول میکردند، ولی از اونجائیکه زنان تو اون مملکت «نصفان» هستن باید نصف صندلی بهشون میدادند! 


No to Islamic "justice"!

by PArviz on

Serves the medieval bastards (ayatollahs and their henchmen) right. They should have denied the Saudis also. Both belong to the same cruel and savage school of thought.

Well done and "dastetoon dard nakone" to all who brought this about.

This regime should be put under constant pressure and exposed in all it does.

We, Iranians residing abroad, due to the freedom we enjoy have a greater responsibility to make life hell for the regime by our lobbying and political actions. We should not let them go anywhere or do anything without a great amount of noise and opposition.

Expose and condemn those who do business with this regime. 

Down with the ENTIRE Islamic Republic!


may be

by iamfine on

May be (may be) if Iran gets a seat in UN, then their behaviour will change as the result of interacting with other countries.



by yolanda on

You can't get a seat in UN women's rights agency while planning to stone Sakineh Ashtiani at the same time......the 2 events are mutually exclusive! IRI over-estimated her "popularity"! Why did IRI want a seat in UN women's right agency anyway? They wanted the world to understand why women should be treated like 2nd class citizens?




Playing politics with human rights


this is the sort of thing we do not need. Look. I am happy Iran did not get a seat but all the effort goes down the drain when you see Saudi Arabia gets a seat! It only shows to me as a neutral observer that this latest gesture was political and not in the interest of human rights.


UN has become a joke. 

G. Rahmanian

I Can Almost Hear

by G. Rahmanian on

our dear president say:أينا خودشون از ما خواستن بريم. ما كه از اولشم باين مزخرفات علاقه نداشتيم. اصلاً حقوق بشر مال خره


A typical UN window dressing

by comrade on

A mere nucleopolitical(?) decision with no merit in regard to the women's rights.

Never increase, beyond what is necessary, the number of entities required to explain anything.


G. Rahmanian


by G. Rahmanian on

It's as if Iranians and especially Iranian women won the jackpot!!!

G. Rahmanian

Great Victory!

by G. Rahmanian on

It is amusing to see murderers and human rights abusers who believe women are half-human want to get a seat to defend women's rights!


why Saudi Arabia

by iamfine on

It is true that treatment of IRI toward women is not just, but let us be fair, no way Saudi Arabia can come come close to Iran. Women there have no right at all. That tells me there are some elements of politics involved in UN regarding this matter.



by Fatollah on



Spotlight on the the Sheikdom

by ghalam-doon on

It's great that the regime in Iran did not get the seat. Now the spotlight is on Arabia with its medieval system of governance.
The vote was political? Sure, but losing to East Timor? An almost non-entity? One should ask Ahmadinejad and his cronies  "where does it really burn now?"

Dariush Kabir

Why KSA?

by Dariush Kabir on

As much as I agree with IRI not being able to get in, KSA is at the same level when it comes to being reactionary and brutal to women as IRI. May be those images of women being beaten by Basige in the street last year was the reason. There is no other government except IRI, that treats its citizens especially women so harsh and  try to justify their brutality with some garbage laws from Islam. You don't see women being clubbed by "security forces" in streets of Saudi Arabia.

Artificial Intelligence


by Artificial Intelligence on

Great News! Keep the pressure on.


Isolate this regime now

by Simorgh5555 on

If you love Iran then you must isolate this regime on the world stage. I urge the UN, international government orgnaisations, educational institutions, sponsors of arts and sports to exclude the Islamic Republic from participating in any of its events.

Please stop the Iranian football team, wrestling team and athletic team from entering into any competition. 

Close down all academic ties with the Islamic Republic. This regime is not the legitimate representaive of the Iranian people. 

Isolate this regime. Cut this cancer out and free Iran. 

Death to the Islamic Republic. 


IRI should definitely be kept out, SA as well

by Rea on

UN is a big joke.


Allowing Iran a seat in UN on this issue

by Bavafa on

would have been only one more disgrace for UN.  And the fact that SA has got thru only shows how f&%ked up the system.

Shame on the world and specifically US for disgracing women's right in such way by allowing SA a seat on this issue. 


Sargord Pirouz

KSA gets a seat but not

by Sargord Pirouz on

KSA gets a seat but not Iran. You just can't make this stuff up.

Yeah, the anti-Iran folks here can whoop it up. But all this kind of thing really does is reinforce the notion of the "global arrogance" and nothing more. Which is counter-productive. But then, the anti-Iran folks aren't sincere in this regard, anyway.

Jahanshah Javid

Great news, great work

by Jahanshah Javid on

Congrats to all the activists who worked very hard to keep the Islamic Republic out of this agency. Activism works, even at the highest level.

It's a shame though that Saudi Arabia got through, despite it's own horrible record against women. It just shows how unpopular IRI is on every level, internationally and domestically.


2 for 2

by Fred on

2 for 2 for UN & humanity. Great.