FIRST ON FOX: Former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley on Wednesday said removing Iran from the UN Commission on the Status of Women was the “bare minimum” the world body could do, calling it “embarrassing” that the regime was even on the panel.
“Expelling Iran from the UN women’s commission is the bare minimum that the UN can do,” Haley told Fox News Digital. “The evil Iranian regime has killed hundreds of protesters, including women and children.”
The United Nations Economic and Social Council voted on Wednesday to remove Tehran after the United States called on the body to remove the Islamic Republic for the rest of its term. Iran was elected in a secret ballot last year, along with other countries including Pakistan, Egypt and China.
The commission, part of the of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), describes itself as “the leading global intergovernmental body dedicated solely to the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women”.
The election sparked outrage, which increased given the brutal crackdown on protests by women’s rights activists after the arrest and death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini, who was detained by the regime’s morality police for wearing a headdress wrong.
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Haley, who had been a leading critic of Iran when he led the United States at the world body during the Trump administration, said it was a necessary move.
“It’s embarrassing that he’s ever been given a seat,” she said.
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Haley had criticized Iran’s election to the body in March, also noting the regime’s anti-women’s policies that limit rights.
“In Iran, women need their husband’s permission to work, girls can get married at 13, and domestic violence is not illegal,” she said. “It is a complete joke and a slap in the face to the millions of Iranian women treated as third class citizens.”
In remarks after Wednesday’s vote, US Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield said Iran’s accession “directly undermines the commission’s work.”
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“His accession has been a stain on our credibility,” he said. “Today we removed that stain.”
Some 16 nations abstained from voting while eight countries, including China, opposed removing Iran from the commission.
Caitlin McFall of Fox News contributed to this report.