Anyone with a passing acquaintance with the irredeemable institution that calls itself the United Nations understand it is a global Tammany Hall that endangers the advance of human freedom and prosperity throughout our world. Perhaps, its only merit is to provide those few remaining doubters with irrefutable proof that the societal scourge of Toxic Imbecility has reached a pandemic level.
In a typical, telling display, the United Nations has salted the wounds of Iranian women by elevating Iran to its Committee on the Status of Women (“CSW”).
As the Washington Free Beacon’s Adam Kredo reports, “. . . the U.N. on Wednesday said that Iran and Nigeria, another country that is no stranger to human rights abuses, would be promoted to the international organization’s Committee on the Status of Women, which oversees abuses committed by oppressive states, such as Iran and Nigeria.”
The full brief of the CSW is more wide-ranging, per the U.N. website: “The CSW is instrumental in promoting women’s rights, documenting the reality of women’s lives throughout the world, and shaping global standards on gender equality and the empowerment of women.”
Condemnations of Iran’s appointment cascaded in from sane observers, who lambasted the decision to place Iran’s misogynistic mullahs—the oppressors and butchers of Neda Agha-Soltan, Taraneh Mousavi, and all Iranian women—upon the CSW. Interestingly, as yet there appears to be no condemnations or even a whiff of criticism about the matter from some of Iran’s biggest advocates—former President “The Oracle” Obama, his former Chief of Staff Valerie Jarrett, ex-Secretary of State John Kerry, ex-Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes, et al. Apparently, the plane load of $400 million and the billions in sanctions relief from the Iran nuke pact didn’t change the vile Iranian regime’s behavior, but it has silenced these “esteemed foreign policy leaders” in the face of this sick, twisted joke upon Iranian women.
The silence of these nuanced American architects of appeasement is voluntary. But one courageous Iranian human rights lawyer’s silence has been imposed.
As reported by Women in the World, “After two trials described by Amnesty International as ‘grossly unfair,’ Iranian human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh has been sentenced to a total of 38 years in prison and 148 lashes.”
A lawyer defending women who publicly remove their hijabs, and one who had already served three years of a trumped up 2010 conviction of conspiring to harm state security, Sotoudeh now absurdly has been “charged with seven crimes and given the maximum sentence for all of them. Five additional years were added from a 2016 case in which she was convicted in absentia. The total 38-year sentence was severe even by Iranian standards—a country often accused of human rights abuses, particularly involving women.”
As with the U.N.’s elevation of Iran to the CSW, Iran’s unconscionable treatment of Nasrin Sotoudeh was condemned by righteous minds, including Amnesty International and the Center for Human Rights in Iran. But, as with the U.N.’s elevation of Iran to the CSW, the evil Iranian regime’s heinous abuse of Sotoudeh’s rights has apparently yet to elicit a condemnation from the aforementioned “Oracle” or his acolytes.
Oh, and there was this bitterly ironic condemnation coming on Sotoudeh’s sentencing day, when the U.N. investigator on human rights in Iran decried the persistent oppression of Iranian women, and argued that the “[w]orrying patterns of intimidation, arrest, prosecution, and ill-treatment of human rights defenders, lawyers, and labor rights activists signal an increasingly severe state response.”
Doubtless, the U.N.’s CSW will put his concerns and Nasrin Sotoudeh’s rights at the top of their agenda.
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