(Presidentialwire.com)- In a statement last week, Vice President Kamala Harris expressed her support for the ongoing women-led protests in Iran and vowed that the United States would work to oust Iran from the United Nation’s Commission on the Status of Women.
Members of the UN’s Commission on the Status of Women are elected to 4-year terms. Harris said that the US would work with other nations to removed Iran from the commission before its term ends.
In her statement, the vice president lauded the bravery of the Iranian women protesting “for their fundamental rights and basic human dignity” and called on Tehran to end the violence against its people.
Harris stated that the United States does not believe any nation that “systematically abuses the rights of women and girls” should have any role in an “international or United Nations body” that is “charged with protecting these very same rights.”
In light of the current government crackdown on the protesters in Iran, Harris said Iran has “demonstrated” that it is “unfit” to be on the UN commission, adding that Iran’s presence on the commission “discredits” the work advanced by it.
Harris closed her statement by telling the women protesting the regime “we see you and we hear you,” claiming their protests have inspired her.
Both the United States and its European allies have imposed sanctions on Iran in response to the ongoing crackdown and have worked to help restore internet access to the Iranian people after it was disrupted by the regime.
Member nations are elected to the commission by the UN Economic and Social Council. Iran was elected to the UN’s Commission on the Status of Women this year and its term will end in 2026. The United States is currently a member of the commission. Its term ends in 2023.