TribLIVE

| Opinion/The Review


 
Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

Another U.N. crock: Warped reality

Daily Photo Galleries

Friday, May 2, 2014, 8:57 p.m.
 

In yet another pathetic example of the United Nations' disregard of human rights and dignity, Iran easily won seats on five subcommittees of the U.N. Economic and Social Council, including the Commission on the Status of Women.

That's right. Apparently the arbiters of Iran's worthiness for membership missed the report just days before regarding one of Iran's senior clerics, who decreed that women who dress immodestly cause earthquakes, according to Townhall.com.

Then again, Iran doesn't discriminate only against women; it disregards all basic human rights.

Yet without a single challenge, Iran won a four-year seat on a commission that's supposedly dedicated to gender equality, despite a letter condemning Iran's candidacy signed by several women's groups.

Confronting this latest episode in an unending series of U.N. insults, U.S. Ambassador Samantha Power minced no words: Iran's membership, she said, “is a particularly troubling outcome.” Do say!

Of course, appointing Iran as a defender of women's rights is no more ludicrous than China, Cuba and Saudi Arabia, among like-minded nations, serving on the U.N.'s contemptible Human Rights Council.

What's most “troubling” is that the U.S. condones this continuing farce by paying almost a quarter of Turtle Bay's operating budget. That cost, along with the erosion of U.S. credibility, is too much to tolerate.

 

 
 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read Editorials

  1. U.N. Watch: Cheering on Iran
  2. PSEA oops: Letters & the law
  3. The Thursday wrap
  4. Obama’s amnesty: Abuse of power
  5. Taxing policies
  6. Pittsburgh Laurels & Lances
Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.