Iran, one of the top women rights abusers in the world, has been granted a seat on a key United Nations committee that oversees protests about the international abuse of women. An announcement by the U.N. on Wednesday said that Iran would be promoted to the international organization’s Committee on the Status of Women
The Iranian regime is now represented on an international panel to protect the rights of women. this decision was announced when A heavy prison sentence plus 148 lashes against the famous Iranian lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh, a human rights activist and holder of the Sakharov Prize, has raised a wave of outrage on the international scene.
Last year, Iran was going through a massive outbreak of protests which quickly spread to some 160 cities across the country.
One year on, daily protests and nationwide uprisings have turned into a regular trend, changing the face of an oppressed nation to an arisen people crying out for “freedom and regime change” in all four corners of the country.
Iranian women also stepped up their participation in protests. They took to the streets at every opportunity. Compared to 436 protests last year, they participated in some 1,500 pickets, strikes, sit-ins, rallies and marches to demand their own and their people’s rights.
In the NCRI Women’s Committee’s Annual Report 2019, you can see that Iranian women of all ages and all walks of life, young students and retired teachers, nurses and farmers, villagers and plundered investors, all took to the streets and cried out for freedom and demanded their rights. In their cries, we heard the grievances of a nation suffering in the clutches of a bunch of corrupt rulers.
Iranian women’s impact on the democratic movement was so much that the regime’s IRGC commanders had to acknowledge their leading role on multiple occasions and confess to the larger number of arrests from among women.
Amnesty International said the arrests signal crisis in Iran human rights. Human Rights Watch called on Iranian authorities to drop all charges brought against protesters for peaceful assembly and release those detained on that basis. And the UN General Assembly urged the Iranian regime to end “widespread restrictions on the right to freedom of opinion and expression and the right to freedom of assembly” and to stop the “harassment and intimidation” of political opponents, human rights defenders, defenders of the rights of minorities and women, workers, students and environmental activists.
The fearless women who got arrested and those who were already in chains continued their resistance inside prisons, refusing to buckle under, and instead brought the authorities to their knees.
On the other hand sources in Iran say the anxiety has increased daily over the corruption, high inflation, and growing unemployment and direct action continues despite the constant threats, deceptive promises and other strike-breaking measures of the regime. These also include the arrests of a large number of workers, as the strikes continue in Shush, Ahvaz, Esfahan, Karaj.
And while these events are unfolding inside Iran, on the international stage three were arrested after terror attack foiled: Plot to bomb Iran rally halted after car with explosives found.
Press reports said then that Western intelligence services were concerned about the possibility of Iran stepping up terrorist attacks in Europe and the US. The most destructive type of appeasement in the face of the Iranian regime’s religious dictatorship is not only remaining silent following terror attacks.” but also giving him a seat at UN.
In conclusion, the appointment of Iran at U.N. Women’s Rights Committee has not a significant effect because the right solution lies in the hands of a young organized generation risen in this path demanding the regime’s overthrow. they formed resistance units who lead the protests and strikes and draw the conclusion and have ultimate say on the streets.
As the Iranian Resistance’s Leader has said, “The days of Khomeini’s heirs and the brutal mullahs are numbered. The dawn of freedom and justice is on the horizon.”
*Hassan Mahmoudi is a human rights advocate and Social Media journalist seeking democracy for Iran and peace for the region.