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The United Nations' Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) is responsible for the establishment of the 'Commission on the Status of Women' (CSW), maintaining that it is the ‘principal global policy-making body’ that is ‘dedicated exclusively to gender equality and [the] advancement of women’.
Bearing such a goal in mind, the United Nations recently elected Sudan, Iran and Pakistan to sit as ‘distinguished members’ on the CSW – the key international women’s rights monitoring body. Unfortunately, these countries are renowned for heavily subjugating women in their national legislation and...Read more

Iran Roundtable, while alarmed by the deplorable human rights and dire economic conditions in Iran under the IRI, welcomes the report of the Special Rapporteur, Dr. Ahmed Shaheed, and hopes that the authorities in IRI take the issue of human rights in Iran serious and act upon the recommendations made by the Special Rapporteur in his report.
Iran Roundtable also calls upon the IRI authorities to reconsider their longstanding defiance with the international community by reversing their harmful and unnecessary disputed nuclear program.  This approach will not only relieve Iranians from...Read more

First They Took the Commission;  Now They’re Coming for the Council.

UN diplomats informed Reuters that Iran intends to fill seats on the Human Rights Council’s 47-member body.  The General Assembly’s annual elections for the Geneva- based Human Rights Council will be held later this year in New York. There will be 14 seats available for three-year terms beginning in January 2014.

From the Asia group, which includes the Middle East and Asia, seven countries – China, Iran, Jordan, Maldives, Saudi Arabia, Syria and Vietnam – are vying for four seats, UN diplomats said on condition of anonymity.

With an unrivalled record of human rights...Read more

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