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Iran expelled from U.N. women's commission in U.S.-led vote

The 29-8 vote in ECOSOC on Wednesday, with 16 abstentions, immediately expelled Iran from the U.N. Commission on the Status of Women, based on a U.S. resolution.

Demonstrators hold signs calling for women's rights in Iran
Twenty-nine U.N. members backed a U.S. move to oust Iran from a commission (AN/Craig Melville/Unsplash)

Twenty-nine members of the U.N. Economic and Social Council voted to oust Iran from a women's rights panel, citing "serious concern" over Tehran's crackdown amid a growing protest movement arising from 22-year-old Mahsa Amini's death.

The 29-8 vote in ECOSOC on Wednesday, with 16 abstentions, immediately expelled Iran from the U.N. Commission on the Status of Women, based on a U.S. resolution. Iran's term on the commission began this year and was due to end in 2026.

The resolution described Iran's violent crackdown on street protestors in the wake of Amini's death as "systematic oppression" and expressed “serious concern” that Iran was acting to "continuously undermine and increasingly suppress the human rights of women and girls, including the right to freedom of expression and opinion, often with the use of excessive force."

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