[UPDATED] IRAN wants to be on the U.N. Council for Women's Rights?

Now that Iran has withdrawn its candidacy for the U.N. Commission on Human Rights, the Islamic country that is among the most violent against women, now wants to be on the U.N. Commission for the protection of women’s rights.

The news was greeted with relief by governments and activists that opposed the nomination of the regime, but also with some hilarity at the idea of its wanting to assume the role of a defender of women.

4/29/10: U.N. ELECTS IRAN TO COMMISSION ON WOMEN’S RIGHTS (NO, this is not a joke).

The United Nations this week elected Iran to its Commission on the Status of Women, handing a four-year seat on the influential human rights body to a theocratic state in which stoning is enshrined in law and lashings are required for women judged “immodest.” Buried 2,000 words deep in a U.N.press release distributed Wednesday on the filling of “vacancies in subsidiary bodies,” was the stark announcement: Iran, along with representatives from 10 other nations, was “elected by acclamation,” meaning that no open vote was requested or required by any member states — including the United States. The U.S. currently holds one of the 45 seats on the body, a position set to expire in 2012. The U.S. Mission to the U.N. did not return requests for comment on whether it actively opposed elevating Iran to the women’s commission. FOX NEWS (Of course the U.S. didn’t oppose it, wouldn’t want to offend Obama’s new BFF, Ahmadinejad)

History of torture and abuse of women in Iranian prisons Iranian foreign ministry spokesman Mehmanparast Ramin, , said the decision to withdraw from the Council for Human Rights was taken jointly with other Asian countries, thus presenting a single candidate. According to a western diplomat quoted by Reuters, Tehran backed down when it became clear it could not secure enough votes to get a seat.

The Council for Human Rights has 47 countries and has its headquarters in Geneva. Tehran is under fire from the international community for its systematic violation of fundamental human freedoms. American UN mission spokesman, Mark Kornblau, expressed satisfaction: “It ‘a step in the right direction for the Council. The presence of countries like China and Saudi Arabia in it, has contributed over the years to discredit the image of the UN body. The Islamic Republic had tried to join the Council in 2006. But its candidacy failed as a result of pressure from the United States. However in a move that smacks of provocation, Iran has put itself forward as a candidate for the Commission to protect the rights of women. The mullahs’ regime is one of the toughest in the world towards women, who live in a state of semi-segregation. The are daily arrests and violence against women who are not “adequately covered” or who act in “a non Islamic way”. At Friday prayers April 16 last, the mullah of Tehran Sadigo Kazem said that women who do not wear the hijab are responsible for the spread of adultery and “increase the risk of earthquakes. ASIA NEWS RELATED STORIES: Women

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