Iran faces opposition in UN Women board vote

November 10, 2010 03:21

UNITED NATIONS— Iran, which still carries out death sentences by stoning for adultery, will face opposition for a previously uncontested seat on the board of the new UN agency to promote equality for women.

Iran had been among the 10-nations on an uncontested slate put forward by Asian nations for Wednesday's elections to the board of UN Women until East Timor announced its candidacy, diplomats said Tuesday, speaking on condition of anonymity.The candidacy of East Timor, which broke from 24 years of Indonesian occupation in 1999 and declared independence in 2002, means the 54-nation UN Economic and Social Council will now have a contested slate of 11 countries vying for 10 seats and that Iran is no longer a shoe-in for the seat.

Some rights groups are also upset that Saudi Arabia, Libya and Congo are on uncontested slates and are likely to join the governing body.

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