The United States said on Monday that Iran is improving its treatment of women after Iran’s attorney general announced the disbandment of its morality police following months of protests against stricter regulations on women’s clothing.
A State Department spokesperson said, “Unfortunately, there is nothing we have seen to suggest that Iran’s rulers are improving their treatment of women and girls or stopping their violence against peaceful protesters.” Huh.” ,
Iran is experiencing some of the biggest protests since the 1979 Islamic Revolution following the death on September 16 of Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old girl of Kurdish origin who was detained by Iranian morality police.
Iran’s attorney general was quoted over the weekend as saying that the morality police had been disbanded, but activists expressed doubt that significant changes were underway and the Tehran government did not confirm the move.
Washington has repeatedly criticized Iran for its record on women’s rights and the authorities’ crackdown on protests.
In early November, Vice President Kamala Harris said that the United States would join efforts with other countries to oust Iran from the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW).
Iran, ruled by Shia Muslim clerics, was selected to join the UNCSW by 2026. The United States will remain a member until 2023.
Linda Thomas-Greenfield, the US ambassador to the UN, reiterated Harris’ call on Sunday: “Removing Iran from the Commission on the Status of Women is the right thing to do,” she tweeted.
The 54-member UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) is expected to vote next week on whether to exclude the Islamic republic from the commission.
Iran accused the US of pressurizing countries ahead of the vote.
This Monday, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Nasser Kanani said Washington was trying to bail out Iran “with the help of some European countries”, calling it “illegal”.