Dec. 16 – Iran was expelled from the United Nations’ top commission on gender equality this week, following international condemnation of the regime’s treatment of women and girls in the country.
The UN Commission on the Status of Women said Iran’s government had continuously undermined and suppressed the human rights of women and girls, with a majority of 54 member states voting to oust the Islamic Republic.
The expulsion took place amid nationwide anti-government protests sparked by women railing against laws inside the country which enable and support gender inequality.
At least 50 journalists have been imprisoned in Iran during the current protests, of which 30 have been released so far, according to the International Federation of Journalists.
The Secretary General of the Federation of Journalists, Anthony Bellanger, accused Iran of using the protests as a means to suppress the media, in a statement made on Dec. 13.
Iran currently arrests more journalists than any other country in the world.
And Iran’s government said it had sanctioned 32 European individuals and entities, including the head of Britain’s intelligence agency MI5, and the UK’s Chief of Defense.
The sanctions follow a raft of penalties implemented by the UK and the EU on the regime for its supply of drones to Russia for use during its illegal invasion of Ukraine, and the brutal crackdown on protesters in Iran.