Iran Geopolitical Watch – from 10 December to 16 December 2022

Iran / Pakistan / Afghanistan geopolitical watch team: Jeremie Patot.

14/12/2022: A resolution was adopted Wednesday at the UN to withdraw Iran from the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW). – Jérémie Patot –

The 54-member United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) passed a resolution on Wednesday to remove Iran from the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) for the remainder of its term, ending in 2026.

According to UN News, the development follows the country’s brutal crackdown on protests demanding justice for Mahsa Amini, the 22-year-old woman who died in police custody in September. The United States introduced the resolution, which received 29 votes in favor and 8 against, with 16 countries abstaining. The document expresses serious concern about the Iranian government’s actions since September 2022 “to continuously undermine and increasingly suppress the human rights of women and girls“, and “often with excessive use of force“.

Iran Wire reports the reaction of Foreign Ministry Spokesman Naser Kanaani, he harshly condemns this resolution and states that it is made on no legal basis, thus discrediting this international organization and also creating a unilateral procedure for future abuses international institutions.

The secretary of the Iranian High Council for Human Rights, Kazem Gharibabadi, also reacted to this resolution by declaring: “It is a bitter irony that the American regime presents itself as a supporter and defender of the rights of women and Iranian girls“, according to Mehr News Agency.

The Guardian recalls that last month a separate UN body, the Human Rights Council, voted overwhelmingly to set up a fact-finding inquiry into human rights abuses. man in Iran, a decision that could make prosecution in international courts more likely; and that a week ago Tehran began to carry out public executions of opponents judged for having participated in the demonstrations.

14/12/2022: Tehran and Beijing sign new agreements on the development of oil and gas fields. -Jeremie Patot-

Petroleum Minister Javad Owji said on Wednesday that an oil and gas field development agreement has been signed with China, according to Khabar Online. Chinese Vice Premier Hu Chunhua visited Iran on Tuesday to participate in the 25-year Iran-China cooperation program.

Mehrs News Agency reports the Iranian minister’s statement on winter production: “We will not cut fuel to any industrial unit during the winter season“, adding that the government will do everything possible to make it through the winter without difficulty.

According to Tehran Times, this agreement also allows massive investments in export infrastructure, such as ports.

The Diplomat website analyzes Chinese foreign policy in its Tehran-Riyadh relations. This agreement was signed a few weeks after Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to Saudi Arabia. The Diplomat thus recalls that China’s relations with Saudi Arabia and Iran are complicated and that the Chinese leaders must carefully manage their relations with the two countries to maintain their neutrality and protect their own economic, political and social interests.

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