Washington, DC – NIAC welcomes today’s announcement from U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield in support of establishing an independent UN investigative mechanism to hold Iran accountable for its international rights violations, as called for by the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Iran, and by Vice President Kamala Harris announcing U.S. support for revoking Iran’s membership on the UN Commission on the Status of Women:
“NIAC strongly supports multilateral action at the United Nations to demand the Islamic Republic of Iran halt its escalating and gross abuses against the Iranian people. We are pleased that the U.S. supports this move and is urging the international community to act. The abuses being perpetrated against Iranians demanding freedom, including the killing of dozens of women and children, constitutes an emergency situation and the international community must use the tools at its disposal to respond and seek an end to the impunity of security forces. This includes the substantive effort to establish a new international mechanism to document and investigate Iran’s abuses, as called for by many human rights groups like Amnesty International and supported by NIAC.
NIAC also welcomes Vice President Harris’ announcement of support for the symbolic but important effort to remove Iran from the UN Commission on the Status of Women. Some may argue that this would be an unprecedented step that has not been applied to other bad actors on this and other UN bodies, however this is no excuse for inaction – particularly amidst the crisis inside Iran.
We applaud these strong multilateral efforts and urge the United Nations to move with the urgency that this situation, and the Iranian people, demand.”
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