MFI Press Release, Solidarity with Women, UN Commission on Status of Women Declared Illegitimate

MFI Press Release, Dec 7, 2010: Human Rights Activists Condemn UN Animosity Towards Women; Demand Criminalization of Stoning

Washington D.C. December 7, 2010— On December 11, women and men striving for equality and justice will protest against the United Nations and its constituent governments, demanding an end to their refusal to act substantively to address state-sponsored violence and other crimes against women.

The activists demand the passage of a UN resolution criminalizing the practice of stoning worldwide, whether implemented by state or non-state actors.

They will condemn the UN’s placement of the Islamic Republic of Iran and other gender apartheidist regimes, and regimes that rely on violence against women to implement their domestic policy, on UN organizations tasked with working for women’s equality and empowerment, and will demand their removal from those organizations.

The demands of the December 11 protest, which begins at noon on the corner of 2nd Avenue and 47th St in New York City, will be amplified by actions in other cities including Vancouver and Ottawa, Canada; Nigde, Turkey; Kiev, Ukraine; and London, UK.

Supporters of the action include Egyptian writer and feminist Nawal El Saadawi, former Member of Parliament (Canada) David Kilgour, French writer and feminist Liliane Lazar, French philosopher and writer Bernhard-Henri Levy, political and human rights activist Hassan Massali, and former political prisoner Kianoosh Sanjari.

Supporting organizations include FEMEN, the International Committees against Stoning and Execution, Iranian Refugees Amnesty Network, Muslims for Progressive Values, Rayzani Baraye Ettehad (Dialogue for Unification), the Union for the Advancement of Secular Democracy in Iran, and Women’s Alliance for Change in Iran. The action in New York is organized by Mission Free Iran.

Contact:
Maria Rohaly
Coordinator,
Mission Free Iran
email: maria.rohaly@gmail.com
phone: (240) 812-9234
http://missionfreeiran.org
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