Prominent Women Leaders Press Hillary Clinton:

Where Were You When the Islamic

Republic of Iran was Elected to U.N.

Women’s Rights Commission?


“Human rights are women’s rights and women’s rights are human rights…”  Hillary Clinton, Beijing 1995

New York and Washington, May 5, 2010 — International human rights and women’s rights leaders, attorneys, scholars, columnists, Iranian human rights activists, media figures, women in the arts, and other prominent women have joined a nationwide campaign to urge Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to denounce the recent election of Iran to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women.


In an Open Letter to Secretary Clinton released today (text below) the leaders expressed their profound concern that Iran was “elected by acclamation” to the women’s rights seat.  Election by acclamation may occur when no United Nations member state requests an open vote.  The signatories, citing reports by the U.S. State Department and international human rights organizations of the Iranian regime’s record of barbaric human rights violations, are seeking answers from Secretary Clinton regarding the failure of the U.S. either to request or require an open vote on Iran’s election to the Commission.

More signatories’ names will be released this week.

If you would like to sign onto the Open Letter to Mrs. Clinton, please contact us at or (212) 726-1124.




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