Iran complains to UN chief about US bid to cancel its CSW membership
The Iranian envoy to the United Nations has warned against the United States’ attempts to cancel the Islamic Republic’s membership in the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), denouncing the bid as politically-motivated and in contravention with the fundamental principles of the UN Charter.
“If the US push to cancel Iran’s membership in the CSW succeeds, it will create a dangerous precedence within the United Nations, and will cast doubt on the equality of member states in the international organization,” Amir Saeed Iravani wrote in identical letters addressed to the UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, President of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), Lachezara Stoeva, and Chairwoman of the 67th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women, Mathu Joyini.
The senior Iranian diplomat went on to point to Washington’s efforts to annul Iran’s CSW membership when the ECOSOC convenes on December 14, stating that the bid is rooted in false claims and unsubstantiated allegations against Iran.
“This illegal initiative is indicative of another US attempt to abuse the UN for the sake of its own political objectives,” Iravani highlighted, stating that “The Islamic Republic of Iran has always warned against the abuse of UN-affiliated institutions for the purpose of advancement of political goals, as the the practice undermines the credibility of the United Nations.”
Iran’s UN envoy also drew attention to Washington’s hostile policies and its campaign of maximum political and economic pressures against Tehran, especially after former US president Donald Trump withdrew from the 2015 nuclear deal – officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) in May 2018, and said ratification of the US motion will be very dangerous for the entire UN.
“Not only will this initiative establish a dangerous procedure with adverse repercussions, it will also be against the essence of the United Nations and will undermine the sovereign equality of member states, their participation in the international arena, and the equal and proportionate presence of world states in all international bodies. This is while such subjects constitute one of the basic foundations of the United Nations and multilateralism,” Iravani stressed.
“It has never been the case that an elected ECOSOC member would lose its membership in a certain commission for a specific purpose,” the Iranian diplomat said, calling on the UN chief to support the principles of the UN Charter within his responsibilities and prevent the non-constructive and destructive anti-Iran bids, led by the US, as they will endanger the active and comprehensive participation of all member states within the activities of the United Nations.
Foreign-backed violence and riots erupted across Iran in September after the tragic death in police custody of a young Iranian woman, named as Mahsa Amini.
The unfortunate incident was immediately picked up by Western-based media outlets and officials, who — without providing any convincing evidence — started claiming that the woman had been “murdered” by police forces.
Iran also immediately released the CCTV footage showing the young lady fainting at a police station and being subsequently transferred to a hospital. Iranian authorities, meanwhile, conducted an investigation into the incident, concluding that Amini’s death had been caused by an illness, rather than alleged bodily harm.
Earlier this month, Iran’s Interior Ministry said the country’s enemy had been using the opportunity of Amini’s case to wage a hybrid war against the Islamic Republic to weaken its national solidarity and hinder the country’s progress. The ministry added that some 200 people had so far lost their lives in the riots that it held separatist and terrorist groups responsible for causing.
The Foreign Ministry also said, “Public security is redline. Armed assault & vandalism aren’t tolerable, even to Western regimes who’ve find an opportunity to hypocritically lecture Iran.”
“Instead of exposing its mendacity by politicized statements, West must stop hosting, backing & encouraging terrorists,” it added, referring to Western states’ provision of safe havens for anti-Iran groups such as the terrorist Mujahedin-e-Khalq Organization (MKO) — which is responsible for killing of thousands of Iranians.
SOURCE: Press Tv