Canada Slams Iran’s Election to Women’s Rights Panel

Tuesday 4 May 2010

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Canada has condemned Iran’s election to an influential UN panel that aims to promote women’s rights.

Foreign Affairs Minister Lawrence Cannon issued a statement Saturday declaring “serious concerns” with the rogue nation’s election to the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) at the United Nations Economic and Social Council.

“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,” he said. “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. We have done so in the United Nations General Assembly. We have done so in the United Nations Human Rights Council, and at every opportunity will continue to do so publicly.”

Cannon said the Canadian government will continue to promote freedom, democracy, human rights and the rule of law, and expects Iranian people to live with dignity and free from persecution.

“Iran’s actions are an affront to the domestic and international human rights obligations all nations must respect,” he said. “Canada remains extremely troubled by the human rights situation in Iran, including the rights of women, and will persist in urging the Government of Iran to improve its human rights record.”


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