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Outrage as Iran regime chairs United Nations Human Rights Council body despite ‘alarming’ abuses

Iran will take the chair of a United Nations human rights social forum on Thursday, with many critical of the appointment due to Tehran’s decades-long record of human rights abuses and terrorism. 

“The United States finds it absurd that an official from the Iranian regime will assume the role of Chair for the Human Rights Council’s one-day ‘Social Forum,’” U.S. Permanent Representative to the Human Rights Council Ambassador Michele Taylor wrote in a statement ahead of the forum. 

“It is unacceptable that any body associated with the promotion and protection of human rights be chaired by a representative from a nation implicated in such persistent and flagrant human rights abuses as Iran,” she added, stressing that the U.S. “categorically” refuses to “sit, converse, or engage in any discussion on human rights chaired by Iran.”

The Human Rights Council in May appointed Iranian Ambassador Ali Bahreini as the chair-rapporteur for the 2023 “Social Forum,” which per the letter announcing the appointment focuses on “the promotion of human rights.” This year’s theme particularly focuses on the use of science, technology and innovation to help in that pursuit. 

Last week, Israel’s U.N. ambassador, Gilad Erdan, called on Guterres to resign following a speech at the Security Council. Erdan called the secretary-general’s remarks “shocking,” when he stated that the Oct. 7 terror attacks on Israel by Hamas “did not happen in a vacuum.”

Fox News Digital Greg Norman contributed to this article.

Peter Aitken is a Fox News Digital reporter with a focus on national and global news. 

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