UN: Iran Loses Vote for Board Seat of Women’s Agency

Iran was defeated today in its bid for a seat on the board of a new United Nations body to promote women’s rights after what an Iranian envoy called a “politically motivated” campaign by the U.S.

The UN’s 54-member Economic and Social Council elected 41 members to the board of the agency, to be known as UN Women, which officially begins its work Jan. 1. The UN General Assembly voted in July to create the agency by merging four existing bodies.

These policies by the U.S. to put pressure on others to not vote for Iran is very sad for the UN,” Eshagh Al Habib, Iran’s deputy ambassador to the UN, said in an interview. “It is a very politically motivated position. It is not constructive.” Al Habib said Iran was “progressing very fast in the field” of women’s rights.

The U.S. and rights groups including London-based Amnesty International and New York-based Human Rights Watch opposed Iran’s candidacy for one of the 10 board seats designated for Asian nations. There were only 10 candidates, which would have virtually guaranteed Iran’s election, until East Timor sought a seat this week.

East Timor, Bangladesh, China, Indonesia, Japan, South Korea, India, Kazakhstan, Malaysia and Pakistan were elected to the Asian board seats.

via Iran Loses Vote for Board Seat of UN Women’s Agency – BusinessWeek.

Good news. Although some of those elected countries are not beacons of the protection of Human Rights either… 😥

Background: Iranian Mullahcracy to “protect” women’s rights?

Indonesia: Dictator Suharto to be named “National Hero”

Imagine what would happen if Spain declared Franco a “national hero”… And I don’t think he actually killed half a million Communists…

Indonesian Dictator Suharto

By the time his 31-year rule finally came to an end amid riots and demonstrations in 1998, Suharto had become one of the most reviled dictators of the late 20th century. He was charged with the murder of half a million suspected Communists in the 1960s after he put down a coup against his predecessor, Sukarno (a restoration of order that also led swiftly to the-then Major-General’s ascent to power). He stood accused of genocide in East Timor, more than one-quarter of whose population perished after his 1975 invasion and subsequent occupation of the former Portuguese colony. Free speech and democracy in Indonesia were crushed, with dissidents jailed or summarily shot. As if that were not ignominy enough, he also had the distinction of being branded the most corrupt world leader of all time by the NGO Transparency International, which estimated he looted up to $35bn from the state coffers.

On his death, it may have been said “he will never be forgotten“, but one would have thought most Indonesians would fervently wish the opposite. However, in a move that has caused consternation to human rights activists and heated debate in the country’s media, the Indonesian government is now proposing that the former dictator be formally declared a “national hero”.

via Indonesia to rebrand dictator as ‘national hero’ – Australasia, World – The Independent.

Will Obama tell him something in his coming trip to the country?

Photo: here.

NOTE: just in case a moron is reading this. I’m in no way a Franco’s supporter. But I really hate double standards… 👿

Islam 2010

Article by Horacio Vázquez-Rial published at Revista LD (Translation and links added by T&P):

“One day millions  of men will abandon the South to break into the North. And they won’t be doing it as friends. They will be there as conquerors. ANd they will conquer it colonizing it thanks to their sons. It will be the wombs of our women what will give us the victory”. (Houari Boumedienne, UN, 1974).

That was the beginning, and my readers will be absolutely bored of me writing quoting that once and again. To ease the tiredness they must be feeling, I will add other quotes this time:

We have 50 million Muslims living in Europe now and there are signals that God will proclaim Islam in Europe without weapons nor conquests. As time goes by, the 50 million Muslims in Europe will transform it and will convert it into an Islamic continent. God has arranged that an Islamic nation, Turkey, adds itself to the European Union. Those 50 million Muslims will multiply and there will be 100 million Muslims in Europe. Bosnia is a member of the European Union [sic]  and its a Muslim country; moreover, at least more than 50% of its population are Muslims. Statistics show that there are thousands of mosques in Europe. We have thousands of Islamic organizations and societies in Europe (…) I have here some statistics. There are 50 million Muslims in Europe nowadays, 14,000 mosques and Islamic centers and 1,500 Islamic societies and organizations. Those numbers are nothing but booming, to whom we have to add the numbers related to Bosnia, Turkey and Albania. Therefore, the words that God proclaimed in the Quram are just coming to reality: “It is Him that has sent His Messenger with the Address and the true religion to make it prevail over every other religion, despite the infidels” (Muammar El-Gadaffi, 2008). Continue reading

El Presidente de Timor Oriental, herido: se declara el Estado de emergencia

President José Ramos-Horta of East Timor was shot and seriously wounded Monday, and gunmen attacked a convoy carrying Prime Minister Xanana Gusmão, threatening to further destabilize the struggling young nation.
Officials blamed a renegade military officer who they said was killed in an exchange of gunfire, suggesting that the attacks in Dili, the capital, were an attempted coup.Mr. Gusmão was unhurt and called on the nation to remain calm. “The state came under attack,” he said. “The attempt to kill the prime minister and president today failed, and only the president was injured.”Mr. Ramos-Horta, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1996 for his efforts to free East Timor from Indonesian domination, was in stable condition after being shot in the stomach, officials said.

President of East Timor Wounded in Rebel Attack – New York Times

Ramos-Horta, el presidente herido en el estómago, ganó el Premio Nobel de la Paz en 1996 por sus esfuerzos para liberar Timor Este (Timor Oriental) de la dominación indonesia. A la vez, fue también atacado el convoy del Primer Ministro Xanana Gusmao, sugiriendo la existencia de un golpe de Estado.

Quien los atacó fue Alfredo Reinado, el líder de un grupo militar armado que al parecer murió en el ataque.

La situación es peor de lo que parece: Australia ha mandado soldados a la zona:

Australia rushed troop reinforcements into East Timor on Tuesday to help enforce a security clampdown a day after separate assassination attempts on President José Ramos-Horta and Prime Minister Xanana Gusmão prompted fears of a resurgence of unrest.

Following the attacks, which left Ramos-Horta, co-winner of the 1996 Nobel Peace Prize, in “extremely serious” condition with gunshot wounds, East Timor’s Parliament agreed to impose a state of emergency and restrict civil freedoms.

The East Timorese police and soldiers, backed by United Nations forces, erected roadblocks and searched all vehicles entering or leaving the capital, Dili, as the hunt continued for renegade East Timorese soldiers blamed for the attacks.

….Y se ha declarado el estado de emergencia:

Under the state of emergency, a curfew was put in place from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. and all public gatherings were prohibited.

Dili remained calm Tuesday. Street markets were crowded and residents of the ramshackle seaside city went about their business despite some apprehension over the repercussions from what government officials described as an attempt to derail East Timor’s fledgling democracy.

La dominación indonesia de Timor Oriental se caracterizó por el enfrentamiento entre religiones, porque los timoreneses son cristianos católicos (como consecuencia de la dominación portuguesa de la isla) y los indonesios, musulmanes. Como ya escribí al tratar de las violaciones colectivas, allí fueron empleadas como armas de guerra, por los soldados indonesios, según el propio informe de la ONU sobre el particular:

miles de mujeres fueron violadas durante la ocupación, por lo que el informe llega a la conclusión de que la violación fue también un arma de guerra del Ejército indonesio. “La violación, la esclavitud sexual y la violencia sexual fueron herramientas usadas como parte de la campaña diseñada para aterrorizar, dar sensación de falta de poder y desesperanzar a los partidarios de la independencia”, afirma la comisión, según recoge el diario australiano”.

Noticias relacionadas:
Fallece el ex-presidente Suharto, la mano de hierro de Indonesia @ El Diario Exterior