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Iran announces its candidacy for "Women's Rights Commission"

Ramin Mehmanparast, spokesman for Iran's Foreign Ministry

Iranian authorities have confirmed reports of their withdrawal from membership in United Nation’s Human Rights Council and announced their candidacy for the "International Commission for Protection of Women's Rights."

Ramin Mehmanparast, Spokesman for Iran’s Foreign Ministry told IRNA today that following a decision by Asian countries, they have rescinded their candidacy for membership in the Human Rights Council.

Mehmanparast maintained: “According to an agreement amongst Asian countries, it has been decided that only one country from Asia would nominate itself for membership in the Human Rights Commission.”

Iran’s candidacy for membership in the Human Rights Council had drawn the criticism of numerous countries and human rights groups and activists. However, Mehmanparast played down the role of such opposition and emphasized that the Islamic Republic has cancelled its bid for the membership in coordination with Asian countries.

Reuters reports that a Western diplomat has said that knowing it would not receive the needed votes for membership in the Council, the Islamic Republic has withdrawn its candidacy to save face.

Ramin Mehmanparast added that having withdrawn its candidacy for the Human Rights Council, they have nominated themselves for membership in the "International Commission for Protection of Women’s Rights."

Last year, Iran was criticized by the UN General Council for its violent crackdown on protesters of the presidential elections who claimed Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was fraudulently re-elected.

Human rights activists and groups regard Iran’s withdrawal from membership in the Human Rights Council a significant victory for human rights and its activists in Iran.

Comments of the visitors

It is a small victory for human rights organizations, our fierce campaigns of letter writing and writing articles in getting it published in news media has paid off, it is a small victory but in the right direction, now we have to deal with their second candidacy which is a total joke, protection of woman's rights by IR

-- Homayoun Mobasseri, Neda for a Free Iran ، Apr 24, 2010

There is NO organization named the "International Commission for Protection of Women’s Rights". It is another blatant LIE from the illegal regime. They think we are all idiots.

-- lissnup ، Apr 25, 2010

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