Sweden proposes resolution about Iran’s human rights violationsPublished by International Liberty Association on February 21, 2017
In a meeting of UN Human Rights Council on February 16, Sweden has announced that it will introduce a UN resolution on Iran’s human rights record with the aim of extending the mandate of the special rapporteur on Iran.
The move has upset the Iranian regime officials who were expecting a change of policy after a mostly women delegation visited Tehran last week for signing signing economic contracts with Iran.
At the same time UN Watch, a non-governmental human rights NGO in Geneva, in a statement published on their website, slammed “Sweden’s self-declared ‘first feminist government in the world’ for having sacrificed its principles and betrayed the rights of Iranian women as trade minister Ann Linde and other female members walked before Iranian President Rouhani on Saturday wearing Hijabs, Chadors, and long coats indoors, all in deference to Iran’s oppressive and unjust forced Hijab law — despite Stockholm’s promise to promote ‘a gender equality perspective’ internationally, and to adopt a ‘feminist foreign policy’ in which equality between women and men is a fundamental aim.”
Nevertheless, focusing on Iran’s human rights record and especially putting pressure on the Iranian regime to end executions, in particular execution of juvenile offenders, is an issue that we at the International Liberty Association advocate under any circumstance.