Iran: 'Fuse is lit' for full-scale revolution says expert
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Joe Biden is working to boot Iran from a top United Nation’s commission on women’s rights. The country has been rocked by protests following the death of Mahsa Amini while being held for “inappropriate attire”.
Demonstrators across the nation have held banners reading – and chanted – “clerics get lost” and have called for the toppling of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei regime.
Tehran’s leadership has also clashed with Washington during the action, with President Biden last month insisting that “Iran has to end the violence against its own citizens simply exercising their fundamental rights”.
Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi in turn scolded Biden for allowing “himself through his comments to incite chaos, terror and destruction in another country”.
He added that the White House “should be reminded of the eternal words of the founder of the Islamic Republic, who called America the great satan”.
Now, in the latest sign tensions are not likely to cool down any time soon, Washington leaders have made clear their intention to boot Iran from the 45-member UN Commission on the Status of Women.
The country is just starting a four-year term on the commission.
This meets every March with the intention of promoting the empowerment of women across the world.
But US Vice President Kamala Harris said the role was stunted by Iran’s position in the group.
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She said in a statement: “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.”
Ms Harris added that no country that abuses women’s rights “should play a role in any international or United Nations body charged with protecting these very same rights”.
She described Iran as “unfit” to serve on the commission and said its presence “discredits the integrity” of the group.
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The White House is working with other countries to kick Iran out, according to reports.
US Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield also weighed into the debate during an informal meeting of the UN Security Council yesterday.
She said Iran’s membership “is an ugly stain on the commission’s credibility”.
In the US’s view, the Ambassador added, this “cannot stand”.
Ahead of the meeting, Iran’s UN Ambassador Amir Saied Iravani accused America of “a disinformation campaign in a blatant hypocrisy”.
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