Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid on Wednesday praised a decision to remove Iran from the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women.

The world body’s 54-member Economic and Social Council had adopted a U.S.-initiated resolution to take that step earlier in the day.

“Iran’s killing of Mahsa Amini and its blatant violations of women’s rights disqualify it from being a member of a committee that deals with women’s rights,” Lapid said in a statement.

The move comes in response to Tehran’s crackdown on nationwide protests over the death on Sept. 16 of 22-year-old Amini while in the custody of the regime’s morality police.

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said that the vote “sends an unmistakable message of support from around the world to the brave people of Iran, and in particular to Iranian women and girls, who remain undaunted despite the brutality and violence perpetrated against them by the Iranian regime.”

Blinken added that the ongoing protests “reveal an Iranian population craving the universal human rights to which every person worldwide is entitled.”


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