Perplexing, Iran's ambassador has become chair of a UN human rights forum, sparking an international protest campaign from human rights activists who say Iran’s record of oppression, torture and executions make it ill-suited for the post.
The murderous regime in Iran is responsible for a surge in executions, disproportionately applied to minorities, and for oppressing women and LGBTQ community.
Iran’s regime frequently uses the charge of sodomy to impose the death penalty on gays and lesbians. According to a British Wikipedia dispatch, Iran’s theocratic state executed around 6,000 gays and lesbians since the country’s 1979 Islamic revolution.
Iran faced nationwide protests over the past year following the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini, who died after the country’s morality police allegedly beat her for not wearing her hijab (headscarf) correctly.
Another girl, 17-year-old Armita Geravand, died this week after a month-long coma following an alleged run-in with the morality police and infraction of the same hijab law. This is a reminder that Iran is a cruel regime that does not belong on any UN human rights body.