CAMERA Snapshots: Iran Elected to UN Commission to Protect Women After Scheduling Execution of Raped Woman
On April 14, Ahmed Shaheed, UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Iran, reported on the case of an Iranian woman who was scheduled to be executed for killing in self-defense an Iranian Intelligence Ministry official who she claimed lured her to his apartment and sexually assaulted her. Shaheed demanded that
The Iranian authorities should review her case and refer it back to court for a re-trial, ensuring that the defendant due process rights guaranteed under both Iranian law and international law,The Iranian authorities should review her case and refer it back to court for a re-trial, ensuring that the defendant due process rights guaranteed under both Iranian law and international law,
This case follows a well documented history of incidents in Iran of women being stoned to death under government auspices.
An article in the Daily Telegraph on May 30, 2013, reports on Iranian progress in human rights. The Iranian regime passed a law allowing for the hanging of adulterous women instead of burying them up to their necks and stoning them to death as was previously the punishment. Men are given a better chance. According to the Telegraph article, they are only buried up to their waists and if they can free themselves they can avoid being stoned to death.
On April 29, 2014, Iran won a coveted post on a committee in the United Nations Economics and Social Council charged with protecting women’s rights. The appointment has received minimal coverage in the media. An internet search on the morning of April 24 revealed, so far, only an article in the Canada Free Press discussing the topic in any detail.
While alternate media like the Canada Free Press draw attention to such stories, The New York Times meanwhile publishes an Op-Ed in its April 13 edition “Are Iran and Israel Trading Places?” suggesting that Iran is liberalizing and Israel becoming a theocracy. The Times Op-Ed brazenly states, “One is liberalizing while the other is flirting with theocracy.” Right.