Apparently, the Islamic Republic of Iran those champions of human rights who kill and jail those who protest against the government, who hang homosexuals even though Iran has no gays (at least according to President Ahmadinejad), who execute minors, who arrest and jail people, endlessly, like those innocent hikers they claim are spies, finally backed out of trying to join the United Nations Council for Human Rights. Although that probably had more to do with the fact that there were far too many other nations who were dead against their membership in the Council, rather than their own decision to drop their candidacy. But, yes, indeed, that would have been a major travesty had they actually been allowed to join.
Iranian foreign ministry spokesman Mehmanparast Ramin, said the decision to withdraw from the Council for Human Rights was taken jointly with other Asian countries, thus presenting a single candidate. According to a western diplomat quoted by Reuters, Tehran backed down when it became clear it could not secure enough votes to get a seat.
There are 47 member countries in the Council For Human Rights, which is based out of Geneva, Switzerland. Although some of the member nations, like China, Cuba and Saudi Arabia, among others, are a major joke considering their human rights track records, including Iran in the equation Iran would have merely added to the lack of credibility that the UN already has.
And it certainly doesn’t have much, in my estimation.
But what’s an even bigger joke is that they now desire to join the Commission for the Protection of women’s rights. Yes, those champions of women’s rights who whip or jail women for ‘bad hijab’ (exposing too much flesh other than the hands and face), who have beaten and jailed women’s rights activists, who consider women as second class citizens and who have far fewer rights then men, want to become members of a commission that defends women’s rights. Granted Iranian females are not as oppressed as, say, women in Saudi Arabia or Afghanistan, but oppressed they still are. One has to wonder what planet the leaders of Iran live on if they think they are qualified to be defenders of women’s rights
Good luck securing enough votes to become members, because it’s highly unlikely, in this lifetime anyway, that they will ever get to join. But there are some that believe that it was merely done out of provocation, which is something that comes naturally to Tehran.