Press Advisory: CFC celebrates UN ECOSOC removed Iran from the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) earlier today.

Press Advisory

CFC celebrates UN ECOSOC removed Iran from the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) earlier today.

On November 1, 2022 prominent Cuban and Cuban American women petitioned Biden to remove Iran from the CSW.

Center for a Free Cuba. December 14, 2022. Washington DC. The 54-member United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) on December 14, 2022 adopted a resolution introduced by the United States to remove Iran from the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) for the remainder of its four-year term that ends in 2026.  The resolution passed by 29 to 8 with 16 abstentions.

The Center for a Free Cuba celebrates the removal of the Islamic Regime of Iran from the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) earlier today, and salutes the thousands of women who made it possible. This includes Cuban and Cuban American women.

In an urgent appeal sent out on November 1, 2022, a number of prominent Cuban and Cuban American women asked President Biden to remove “the murderous Iranian regime from the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women.”

Former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley on October 15, 2022 called on President Biden to demand the removal of Iran from the U.N. Women’s Rights Commission in the wake of the death of Mahsa Amini (age 22), and the ongoing bloody crackdown that continues to intensify.

Carmen Julia Arias, a former political prisoner; Kristina Arriaga, former vice chair, Commission on International Religious Freedom, former member of US delegation to UN Human Rights Commission, scholar; Sirley Avila Leon, human rights activist; Rosa María Payá, founder and director, CubaDecide and Fundación para la Democracia Panamericana; Carolina Barrero, art historian, human rights activist (Spain) and Rosa Carbonell, a community activist, led the appeal.

These Cuban American women are calling attention to the Iranian people protesting the murder of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini on September 16, 2022 by the morality police of the misogynist mullahs. In addition they asked if perhaps First Lady Jill Biden “could ask women leaders around the world to call on Iran to stop its repression of women.”

Also signing the appeal are Olga Connor, PhD, university professor and author; Belkis Cuza Male, poet, Linden Lane Magazine publisher; Miriam de la Peña, human rights activist; Ileana Fuentes, feminist activist and author; and Janisset Rivero, human rights activist  and author.

The Islamist Iranian theocracy has announced over a 1,000 Iranians indicted for participating in peaceful protests over the murder of Mahsa Amini in Tehran will be subjected to summary trials, and over another thousand outside of Iran, according to The Guardian. Protesters are being executed. Since protests erupted in Iran in mid September 2022, over 494 Iranian protesters are estimated to have been killed, and 18,426 arrested according to the nonprofit organization Human Rights Activists in Iran.

Below is the text of the appeal to President Biden.

November 1, 2022

President Joe Biden
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 20500

Dear President Biden:

We are Cuban women who are writing to ask your help on a very important matter: removing the murderous Iranian regime from the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women.

We urge you to respond affirmatively to Ambassador Nikki Haley’s request for your support on this matter. The Iranian people are protesting the murder of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini by the police of the misogynist mullahs. Parallel to your effort, First Lady Jill Biden perhaps could ask women leaders around the world to call on Iran to stop its repression of women.

We would be remiss if we did not call your attention, also, to the plight of Cuban women unjustly imprisoned in the island for their participation in widespread peaceful protests.

Thank you very much for your kind consideration.

Respectfully,

Carmen Julia Arias, former political prisoner

Kristina Arriaga, former vice chair, Commission on International Religious Freedom; former member of US delegation to UN Human Rights Commission; scholar

Sirley Avila Leon, human rights activist (Florida)

Rosa María Payá, founder and director, CubaDecide and Fundación para la Democracia Panamericana

Carolina Barrero, art historian, human rights activist (Spain)

Rosa Carbonell, community activist (Connecticut)

Maria Juana Cazabón, translator, human rights activist (Florida)

Olga Connor, PhD, university professor and author (Florida)

Belkis Cuza Male, poet, Linden Lane Magazine publisher (Texas)

Miriam de la Peña, human rights activist (Florida)

Ileana Fuentes, feminist activist and author (Florida)

Sandra Gómez, MD, neurologist and author (Alabama)

Deborah Gómez, PhD, college professor and author (Florida)

Angelica Franganillo Diaz , university student (Georgetown, Washington, DC)

Kiele Alessandra Cabrera , Jóvenes por la Resistencia (Florida)

Iliana Lavastida, journalist (Florida)

Maritza Lugo, Amnesty International prisoner of conscience, former political prisoner

Yoaxis Marcheco Suarez, Baptist missionary, author (Maryland)

Adriana Méndez Rodenas, PhD, university professor and author (Missouri)

Elena Montes de Oca, college professor, human rights activist and poet (Florida)

Alicia Perez, MD, physician (Maryland)

Lourdes Quirch Zayas-Bazán, president, National Association of Cuban American Educators (Florida)

Yarai Reyes, member, Ladies in White

Janisset Rivero , human rights activist and author (Florida)

Victoria Ruiz Labrit, human rights activist (Florida)

Martha Valladares, human rights activist (Florida)

Josefina Vento, DDS, dentist (Florida)