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Those crazy wags at the UN do it again!

Posted by Daltons chin dimple on Friday, April 30, 2010

First of all it was electing Libya to chair the Human Rights Council. Hilarious!

And now, to prove their sudden discovery of a sense of humour wasn't a one off, Iran has been elected to a UN Council on Women's rights!

Having lost the battle for a place on the Human Rights Council proper, it managed instead this week to get onto the 'Commission on the Status of Women'(CSW ) a body dedicated ‘exclusively to promote gender equality and advancement of women'.

Iran was 'elected' by acclaim.

This means no-one voted, but no-one opposed membership. Another typical stitch up by the Asian bloc.

Iran will now join other enthusiastic upkeepers of human rights such as China and Congo, tirelessly working to ensure the safety and equality of women around the world, naming and shaming countries without fear or prejudice. In other news, I have just taken delivery of my new pet Unicorn.

In practice the CSW has only ever issued one resolution condemning a country, and that country was ...surprise, surprise, Israel.

Let us take a look at some of Iran's laws relating to the fairer sex.

Article 1133 of the Civil Code:

A man can divorce his wife whenever he so chooses and does not have to give her advance notice. There are numerous others, laws requiring a women to have her husbands permission to get a passport, laws enforcing segregation in health care which results in too few women doctors being available to treat women etc.

Article 102 of the Penal code:

A male adulterer be buried up to his waist before being stoned to death, but a women be buried up to her neck. It continues - if the man escapes during the stoning, that’s the end of the matter, but if the women escapes, she must be arrested and killed by firing squad.

However, all is not lost for the women of Iran,. The penal code also states that if a man falsely accuses his wife of not being a virgin when they marry, he can receive 75 lashes. Of course she’d have to prove he accused her, and a women’s testimony is worth half a mans….

Many countries have similar laws, all of them are in the UN, and some of them are on women rights and human rights committees. Which says as much about the UN as it does about the offending states.

The Swollen Goi...
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This thread seems political.

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Obama will fix it.

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I'm for dissolving the UN and pulling out of it completely.

Unfortunately, that won't happen. Every time Washington wants to invade some pathetic, yet rather oily country, which international body do they use for political cover?

Yup, you guessed it!

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I think it needs reforming, not dissolving. There should be a fundamental (basic) charter of human rights that countries must agree to in order to participate in any councils or decision manking sessions. Fail to provide your citizens with basic human rights, then you are nothuing but an observer, bound by diktats you can do nothing to influence.

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I think it's an idealistic, but fatally flawed remnant of the postwar, post colonial period with waning relevance in today's world. I think the UN will--and should-- wither away in time. I further believe you're going to see the growing influence of local regional economic and cultural blocs beefed up, some continental in scope.

Much good can come from letting African organizations deal with African problems; Asian alliances deal with security, economic and energy policy for Pacific Rim nations; perhaps some sort of modern Islamic confederacy to deal with political issues concerning Muslim nations; and so forth. Plus concerted international action to deal with truly grave, pressing issues.

Local governance for local problems. No world government today, thank you.

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Space Tycoon wrote:

Much good can come from letting African organizations deal with African problems

If only! I admire the sentiment and like the approach all round, but with the Mugabe's and the Zuma's of this world this is not going to happen.

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Perhaps another way to put it is, "It is time for Africans to deal with African problems." There are many responsible, young African leaders as well as the racist demagogues like Mugabe and Julius Malema.

When we intervene, we are accused of neo-colonialism and imperialism, often with good reason. When we don't we are accused of callousness. Same holds true for other regions.

Perhaps putting some distance between ourselves and parts of the world that don't really want us there in an authoritative capacity, is not a bad idea.

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White man's burden and white man's guilt make any efforts difficult. The frustrating thing about Africa is that it should be one of the richest continents on the planet with a wealth of natural resources many other areas can only dream about.

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The Swollen Goi...
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Egypt was a happening place a couple thousand years ago.

Daltons chin dimple
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Still is, but for entirely different reasons.

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The Swollen Goi...
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Yes and no.

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It blew my mind when I first learned Egypt was in Africa.

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And then you went to see Zack Snyder's superamazingawesomeintelligent Watchmen, and your blown mind reassembled itself, shat out its brain intestines, licked those up, shat them out again, licked that up, sewed its brain asshole shut, became gangrenous, died a slow death in a back alleyway, became a zombie brain, and ate itself.

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I'm pretty sure that's not how it happened.

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No, that is what happens to you in some of the aforementioned countries simply for having the temerity to be a woman.

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