TVC LEADER PRESSES HILLARY CLINTON TO DENOUNCE ELECTION OF ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF IRAN TO U.N. WOMEN’S RIGHTS COMMISSION

May 6, 2010 – Washington, DC – Traditional Values Coalition Executive Director, Andrea Lafferty, has joined with International human rights and women’s rights leaders, Iranian human rights activists, and other prominent women in 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.

“It is not difficult to understand why former UN Ambassador Daniel Patrick Moynihan called the UN ‘A Dangerous Place’,” said Mrs. Lafferty. “Including Iran on a human rights commission is like welcoming the Ku Klux Klan into the NAACP.”

In an Open Letter to Secretary Clinton released on May 5, the leaders expressed their deep 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.

The letter says, in part:

May 5, 2010

Dear Secretary Clinton:

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We call on you, Secretary Clinton, to denounce Iran’s election to a four-year seat on the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women as an appointment that shocks the conscience of civilized societies.

We also wish to express our utter astonishment that Iran was “elected by acclamation,” which means that none of the United Nations’ member states – including the United States of America – requested or required an open vote on Iran’s election to the Commission. Why did the United States fail to request an open vote?

Contact: Eldrith Hernandez (202) 547-8570



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