The United Nations announced on March 13 that Iran will get a seat on the U.N. women’s rights committee which judges complaints alleging violations of women’s rights.

The appointment of Iran, a regime that tortures women’s rights defenders, and which arrests women who fail to comply with its misogynystic forced hijab law, was gaveled by Ireland’s Geraldine Byrne Nason, Chair of the UN Commission on the Status of Women.

Ireland came under heavy criticism from members of its parliament in 2017 for voting to elect Saudi Arabia to the commission.

According to the UN, as a member of UN Women’s Working Group on Communications, Iran will be expected to judge the following categories of allegations of women’s rights violations from women in countries around the world:


Arbitrary arrests of women

Deaths and torture of women in custody

Forced disappearances or abductions of women

Discriminatory application of punishments in law based on sex, including corporal and capital punishment

Violation of the rights of women human rights defenders to freedom of expression and assembly….

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