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Bureaucrat-astic: Ambassador Power didn’t object to Iran’s continued inclusion on UN women’s rights commission, then complained nobody objected

By Doug Powers  •  April 24, 2014 10:53 AM

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Because it’s the United Nations, Iran has been granted continued inclusion on a women’s rights commission:

The United Nations yesterday voted by acclamation to elect the Islamic Republic of Iran and more than a dozen other repressive regimes to top committees charged with protecting women’s rights and overseeing the work of human rights organizations, according to an exclusive report by UN Watch, a non-governmental Geneva-based human rights group.

U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Samantha Power was outraged:

Nice, but

Richard Grenell, who served as spokesman for four U.S. ambassadors to the U.N. during the George W. Bush administration and is a close observer of the world body, was unimpressed with her reaction.

“Ambassador Power can tweet her outrage after the fact all she wants,” he said. “She should have been in the room for the vote and demanded a secret ballot rather than allow an automatic acclamation by her silence.”

I blame climate change.

It’s not like there wasn’t an opportunity to object:

Then ECOSOC’s president, Oh Joon of South Korea, said, “Since the number of candidates from all regional groups is equal to the number of vacancies, may I take it that the council wishes to elect the proposed candidates by acclamation?”

He looked around, then hearing no protestations, continued, “I hear no objection. It is so decided.”

The entire process took 103 seconds.
When Iran first won a seat on the CSW, in April 2010 for a four-year term beginning in 2011, virtually the same thing happened. Neither the U.S. nor any other ECOSOC member raised an objection, and Iran was elected “by acclamation.”

Maybe Power couldn’t object because she was distracted by Iran’s U.N. representative showing her the new “definitely for peaceful purposes only” sign outside the Arak reactor as proof it wouldn’t be used to build a nuclear weapon.

**Written by Doug Powers

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