Oral statement on the situation of women in Iran(ANNUAL FULL-DAY DISCUSSION ON WOMEN’S HUMAN RIGHTS)
Honorable panelists, the process of accepting the elimination of violence against women in private and public life as human rights obligation was not an easy path, but this was reached at the Vienna conference on human rights 20 years ago. Where the full and equal participation of women in political, civil, economic, social and cultural life, at the national, regional and international levels, and the eradication of all forms of discrimination on grounds of sex were emphasized and became priority objectives of the international community. It was also noted in part II paragraph 38 that systematic rapes, sexual slavery and forced pregnancy are grave violations of human right. Mr President, honorable panelists, women in the Islamic Republic of Iran have never been allowed to run for presidential candidacy and equal participation of women in political life is nothing more than a fiction. There is no end to impunity of those who raped women prisoners inside prison and early child marriage is the order of the day. The statistics announced by officials is alarming. Yet since 2012 the health centres working on birth control and giving young couples consultations and medical assistance on family population control are closed and the new state policy is increasing the number of births. Sudwind is very much concerned about this Iranian policy which has also been extended to the 57th session of CSW. The Islamic Republic of Iran as a member of CSW board in cooperation with some other countries blocked the paragraph (nn) from the draft resolution. This paragraph emphasized on adoption and acceleration of the implementation of laws, policies and programs which protect and enable the enjoyment of all human rights and fundamental freedoms for women, including their reproductive rights, in accordance with the Program of Action of International Conference on Population and Development, the Beijing Platform for Action and their review outcomes is a step backward. The presence the Islamic Republic of Iran as a board member of the CSW had a very harmful impact on the policy-making body for promotion and protection of women rights.