Canada speaks out on Iran's election to UNCSW


'We deplore this development but will use Iran’s membership on this body to take the Iranian authorities to task for their systemic human rights violations.'


By: NEWS STAFF  
Published: May 26th 2011
in News » Local


UN Commission on the Status of Women

Canada, known to most as “a kinder, gentler” version of the United States, has come out against Iran’s recent election to the UN Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW), an important UN body that promotes women’s rights by investigating nations in violation of those rights.

 

Iran, along with ten other countries, were elected to the influential UNCSW for the term starting in 2011.

 

“It is the Government of Canada’s understanding that Iran was acclaimed as a member of the UN Commission on the Status of Women as part of an uncontested slate endorsed by the Asian regional group, of which Canada is not a member,” said Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Lawrence Cannon. “We deplore this development but will use Iran’s membership on this body to take the Iranian authorities to task for their systemic human rights violations.”

 

Ironically, Iran blames the west for most women’s rights violations.

 

“Those who claim to be the top advocates of human rights start wars and kill millions of people,” said Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

 

Drawing a comparison with the US, where slavery was abolished on 180 years ago, Ahmadinejad pointed to Iran’s civilization and culture, which dates back to 2500 years ago, when “Cyrus the Great put an end to slavery.”



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