The United States announced its intention to work with its partners to remove Iran from the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) via a written statement by Vice President Kamala Harris as the 50th day of the uprise in Iran approaches.
“The United States continues to stand with the brave women of Iran as they protest peacefully for their fundamental rights and basic human dignity,” said Harris, and called for Iran to end violence against its own citizens simply for exercising their fundamental freedoms.
In her statement, Harris said, “To all of those protesting I say again, we see you and we hear you. I am inspired by your bravery, as are people around the world. We will continue to hold accountable the Iranian officials and entities responsible for the violence against protestors.”
The Vice President of the US also noted that the UN Commission on the Status of Women and its members are charged with “promoting women’s rights” and addressing “urgent problems requiring immediate attention in the field of women’s rights.”
“The United States believes that no nation that systematically abuses the rights of women and girls should play a role in any international or United Nations body charged with protecting these very same rights,” the statement follows.
Nationwide protests continue in Iran after Jîna (Mahsa) Amini, a 22-year-old Kurdish woman who was arrested by Iran’s morality police, died on 16 September.
Iranian authorities announced on 31 October that protesters will face a mass trial in Tehran.