.@SecBlinken I am shocked at the US change in position. In 2010 the US mobilized to find a candidate that defeated Iran @UN_Women. In 2014 the US condemned Iran's win @UN_CSW as "an outrage." Now, you didn't even try to defeat Iran—and astonishingly you refuse to condemn its win.
In its statement below to VOA & at the press briefing, the Biden Administration pointedly refused to give a simple and direct condemnation of Iran's election to the UN Commission on the Status of Women. Instead, it's all embarrassingly vague and indirect.
Read the official US statement:

"The unopposed candidacies of countries that engage in torture, abuse, and violations of human rights and due process was a troubling feature of this election. That is why the United States called for the vote on the Commission on the Status..."
"...of Women, specifically to allow countries to register their opposition. The United States supports candidates in the U.N. system that seek to contribute positively to its work and mission and reinforce the foundational values of the U.N. system, including human rights."
"We continue to call on regional groups to put forward candidates with strong human rights records for these UN bodies."
1. No condemnation of Iran's election.
2. No mention even of the word "Iran."
3. No mention that US failed to recruited a candidate to defeat Iran.
What the US did in 2010, but not now:

"The U.S. orchestrated the defeat of Iran’s push to gain a seat on the board of the new UN organization dedicated to gender equality around the world, in keeping with the broader American strategy to isolate Iran."
2010: "The United States organized a global diplomatic effort to block Iran from the board, with its ambassadors approaching dozens of foreign ministries to argue that the Islamic republic’s human rights record would send the wrong message about the new body."

2021: US did 0.
2010: "Encouraged by the U.S. & several human rights organizations, East Timor stepped forward a week ago to contest what had been an uncontested slate of 10 countries, one for each Asian seat on the board."

2021: US gives statement implying there was nothing they could do.
The Biden Administration tried to absolve itself of responsibility by saying, "We continue to call on regional groups to put forward candidates with strong human rights records for these U.N. bodies."

Yet they know the US could've recruited other candidates—as they did in 2010.

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No UNHRC official has ever called to boycott any Chinese company. Or from any other country.
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He says his task is "to assess the human rights situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory."

In fact, his mandate is "to investigate Israel's violations"—no one else.

He claims to be objective.

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—Robert Bernstein, founder of HRW
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.@Valeurs: « Élire la République islamique d’Iran pour protéger les droits des femmes, c’est comme faire d’un pyromane le chef des pompiers de la ville », a ainsi déclaré Hillel Neuer, directeur exécutif d’UN Watch.

"Malgré un vote secret, l’ONG a déterminé qu’au moins quatre des 15 démocraties de l’UE et du groupe occidental membre du Conseil économique et social des Nations unies (ECOSOC) ont voté pour l’Iran. Quatre votants figurent donc parmi cette liste de pays : "
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No joke: UN elects Iranian regime to top women's rights body.

Electing Ayatollah Khamenei's Islamic Republic of Iran to protect women’s rights is like making an arsonist into the town fire chief.

This is a black day for women’s rights, and for all human rights.

Iran’s persecution of women is gross and systematic, both in law and in practice. The UN’s own secretary-general has reported on Iran’s ‘persistent discrimination against women and girls.'
Iran’s fundamentalist mullahs force women to cover their hair, with many arrested and attacked daily under the misogynistic hijab law. They require a woman to receive permission from her father to get married.
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He barely survived after being poisoned in August with Novichok nerve agent. He returned to Russia. Putin threw him in prison. He may now be dying.
.@leonidvolkov, the dissident’s chief strategist, welcomed the news. “It is very important and valuable that Alexey Navalny’s moral courage is recognized internationally exactly at that point of time when he goes through the most challenging test of his life,” said Volkov.
“He’s been put in prison unlawfully, only for the fact that he dared to survive a poison attack that nearly took his life. And for the fact that he was brave enough to return to Russia to continue his fight for a better life in a better Russia.“
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