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(Video) Just days after publicly suspending Libya from Human Rights
Council, UN makes way for Islamic Republic into Commission on Status
of Women. Non-democratic countries abusing equitable regional
representation, says Eye on the UN group
VIDEO - Just days after publicly suspending Libya from its Human
Rights Council, the United Nations on Friday made way for another
dubious member into the Commission on the Status of Women – the
Islamic Republic of Iran, Post Media News reported.
Iran will be one of the council´s 45 member states, including Israel,
and is among 11 new countries starting their four-year term.
"The vote happened so long ago that everyone just forgets that the
changing of the guard is happening now," said Anne Bayefsky, a
Canadian political science professor who heads the monitoring group
Eye on the UN.
"Iran´s presence will be a real affront to women, but it will also
show how the UN is back to business-as-usual despite the great
fanfare this week surrounding the action it took on Libya," she said,
directing her criticism at UN General Assembly President Joseph Deiss
of Switzerland, who said he was "proud" to have chaired the session
in which Libya was suspended from the human rights body.
Bayefsky´s group points to numerous other examples of what it
describes as misplaced UN "authority figures", including Cuba and
Belarus which sit on the UN Commission on Sustainable Development;
Somalia and Sudan which are members of the executive committee of the
UN´s refugee agency; and Iran, Kazakhstan and China which sit
alongside Libya on the UN Committee on Information.
According to Bayefsky, UN officials say agencies must take into
account the principle of equitable regional representation when
offering membership spots, but a number of regional groups abuse that
privilege by agreeing among themselves to offer only one candidate
for any given position — as in the recent case with Iran.
"The UN has no intention of really cleaning house," she concluded.
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