B’nai B’rith International, whose dedicated Office of United Nations Affairs has led Jewish communal engagement with the U.N. for decades, strongly commends the world body’s Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) for removing Iran from the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) for the remainder of a term that was to continue until 2026.
A radical theocracy and the leading state sponsor of terrorism, Iran is among the world’s single greatest abusers of women’s rights, and human rights generally, domestically and abroad. Its presence on CSW has been one of too many outrageous examples of tyrannical regimes holding positions within important U.N. entities.
The vote to remove Iran, prompted by the United States and likeminded countries, passed by a vote of 29 in favor to 8 against, with 16 abstentions. Palestinians, among whom Islamic Jihad and Hamas terrorists are beneficiaries of Iranian sponsorship, were among those arguing against the step.
B’nai B’rith, which enjoys official accreditation at ECOSOC and other U.N. bodies globally, thanks the U.S. and every country that signaled fundamental solidarity with women in Iran and internationally by denying the Tehran regime the undeserved legitimacy of CSW membership. Other U.N. bodies legitimizing rights-abusing dictatorships while serially demonizing democracies should follow suit.