Canada Welcomes Exclusion of Iran from UN Women Executive Board

(No. 359 - November 10, 2010 - 7 p.m. ET) The Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today welcomed the exclusion of Iran from the Executive Board of the newly established UN Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women). Canada had been deeply concerned by Iran’s candidacy for the Board because of the country’s deplorable human rights situation, in particular for women. Canada did not support Iran’s membership on the Board of this body and made efforts with our like-minded partners to oppose its candidacy.

“Canada was deeply troubled by the prospect of Iran’s membership on the Executive Board of UN Women,” said Minister Cannon.

“Even when it comes to their own citizens, Iranian authorities continue to threaten the most fundamental human rights.

“Canada will continue to urge the Iranian authorities to improve their human rights record and will take every opportunity to do so publicly. The Government of Canada strives to promote freedom, democracy, human rights and the rule of law. Canada expects all Iranians to be able to enjoy the same rights and freedoms to which all people are entitled.”

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