Will the UN admit their persecutor to the women's rights committee?

(To Maria Grazia Labellarte)

It is the 13 last March that the United Nations formalized the fact that the Islamic Republic of Iran will acquire a seat on the women's rights committee. It is good, before making any comment, to repeat what violations of women's rights are being dealt with by this institution:

- arbitrary arrests of women;
- deaths and torture of women in custody;
- enforced disappearances or abductions of women;
- discriminatory application of legal penalties based on sex, including capital and corporal punishment;
- violation of the rights of women human rights defenders to freedom of expression and assembly;
- threats or pressure on women not to complain or to withdraw complaints;
- impunity for violations of women's human rights;
- stereotyped attitudes towards the role and responsibilities of women;
- Domestic violence;
- forced marriage and marital rape;
- contemporary forms of slavery, including the trafficking of women and girls;
- sexual harassment of women in the workplace
- unfair employment practices based on sex, including unequal pay;
- lack of due diligence on the part of States to investigate, prosecute and adequately punish perpetrators of violence against women;
- discrimination against women based on immigration and nationality laws;
- violations of women's rights to own and inherit property;
- discrimination of women in access to international humanitarian aid;
- forced evictions of women in conflict situations.

More or less the list would already correspond to that of the complaints against the Iranian regime (like the Saudi one) ...

But that is not all! Concern over the appointment has become more acute in the last few hours, after confirmation of the condemnation of activist Nasrin Sotoudeh sentenced to 38 years in prison and 148 "Islamic" lashes. The human rights activist and lawyer ended up in prison for defending women against the obligation to wear the veil, the rights of minors and those who are against the death penalty in Iran.

According to journalistic sources, it is likely that the judge who condemned the activist and lawyer or Mohammad Moghiseh could be appointed to the UN commission mentioned above.

A choice, that of the UN, which raises many doubts.