The UN made another mockery of human rights by electing the Islamic Regime in Iran (IRI) to five subcommittees of the Economic and Social Council, including one to the Commission of the Status of Women in April 2014. By far, this is an arrogant insult to all women, specifically Iranian women. The UN has a history of exhibiting a favorable attitude toward human rights abusers. The Commission on the Human Rights (CHR), established in 1946, was so ineffective that it was replaced in 2006 by the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) with the premise of “a new beginning for the promotion and protection of human rights,” as declared by the U.N. General Assembly President, Jan Eliasson.
This “new era” that attracted the votes of notorious human rights abusers such as Iran, China, Saudi Arabia, Libya, Syria, Sudan, Ethiopia, Zimbabwe, Burma, and Pakistan, has served as a platform for these abusers to ward off criticism and avoid accountability for their gross violations of human rights.
Shortcomings in the structure of the UN allowed for such abuses. For example, there is no prohibition on electing nations to the council that are under UN Security Council sanctions for human rights abuses. No state is barred from membership in the HRC regardless of how poor its human rights record is.