Iran, the country that ranks #1 in the world for the execution of women and the repression of women’s rights and equality was elected with an overwhelming majority to the U.N. Commission on Women’s Rights. Iran received 43 votes in a secret ballot yesterday at the U.N.’s 54-nation Economic and Social Council.

ICHR strongly condemns the election of Iran as a member of the Commission on the Status of Women, which has a global mandate to promote and ensure gender equality, and the empowerment of women.

“Iran, the top-ranking executioner of women and repressor of women’s rights has no place on the Commission on Women’s Rights. April Fools day has come late for the U.N.” said Daryanaz Shirinkam, Communication Director at ICHR.

“Electing the Islamic Republic of Iran to protect women’s rights is itself a violation of human rights as the government of Iran performs the highest number of executions of women in the world. It’s horrifying, and morally reprehensible. The U.N. has turned a blind eye to the systematic repression of women in Iran.” said Ardeshir Zarezadeh, ICHR Director.

“Choosing a government whose fundamental policy supports misogyny, persecution, and violence against women as one of the 45 commission members that holds an instrumental role in promoting women’s rights, is alarmingly horrifying for the female victims in Iran and worldwide.” added Mr. Zarezadeh.

For over 40 years the government of the Islamic Republic of Iran has consistently practiced widespread systematic discrimination on a variety of issues including marriage, divorce and child custody. Iran continues to use violence and political oppression against women, who are are left exposed to prosecution and outrageous sentences.

Women have been jailed for speaking out in favor of women’s rights, such as Nasrin Sotudeh, Mojgan Keshavarz, Yasaman Aryani, Monireh Arabshahi, Atena Daemi, and Maryam Akbari.

Domestic violence, marital rape, early and forced marriage are all offenses that Iranian authorities have failed to criminalize. Iranian authorities have failed to take steps against men who kill their wives or daughters in the name of “honour”. The legal age for marriage is 13, while the government offers financial incentives for such under-age marriage agreements.

The UN’s own secretary-general has reported on Iran’s “persistent discrimination against women and girls.

ICHR firmly calls on EU member states, the U.N, and the U.S. to jointly condemn Iran as a member of the Commission on the Status of Women, and take serious actions to stop this outrageous and reprehensible decision.