Many thanks to Moya Muller for letting me know the news that Iran was elected to be a member of the UN Commission on Women’s Rights (CSW). According to its charter, the CSW is dedicated exclusively to gender equality and advancement of women. As Moya pointed out, to let Iran be a party to it, allowing it to influence its decision making, is outrageous. Below is the letter Moya sent to Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton and to the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Susan Rice. Below the letter is a link to the office of the Ambassador to the United Nations.
Dear Madam Secretary,
I am shocked by the fact that the UN has allowed Iran to be elected to the CSW, Commission on Women’s Rights. According to its charter, the CSW is dedicated exclusively to gender equality and advancement of women. The inclusion of Iran makes a mockery of this charter. Iran is a country whose laws very clearly consider women second-rate citizens, stone them for adultery and lash them for minor infringements of the dress code. Its laws stipulate the death sentence for women who have committed “the crime” of having been raped. This is not theoretical but is today Irani policy. Two examples: Tehran’s police chief, Brig Hossien Sajedinia, late April 2010 warned that all women with a suntan will be arrested and potentially imprisoned – since, having a suntan, proves that they were immodestly clad and hence a “really serious threat to the survival of the country”. A senior Irani cleric and acting Friday prayer leader in Teheran, Hojjat ol-eslam Kazem Sediqi, stated a few days ago that immodestly clad women “lead young men astray, corrupt their chastity and spread adultery in society, which (consequently) increases earthquakes”. If it was not so terribly sad, it would be funny. It is also a slap in the face of all the countries who have time and again spoken out against the medieval laws and policies of Iran – including the United States.
As the United States Government is the single largest contributor to the U.N. budget, would you please use your considerable influence to mitigate the damage that Iran can do with its newly found and totally unjustifiable position.
Here is the link for the contact page for Susan Rice:
U. N. Ambassador: http://archive.usun.state.gov/Issues/Contact2.html
The phone numbers are:
State Department 202-647-4000
U.N. Ambassador 212-415-4062
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