In the coming academic year, 36 universities will implement exclusion of women from 77 fields of study. The government, which has distanced itself from the recent education bans introduced by universities, risks a backlash.
Considering Javad Larijani's inability to build coalitions with other UN member states and in view of his aggressive conduct, expecting him and his team to effect changes in Iran's standing within the UN appears highly unlikely.
In an interview with me in Geneva, Eileen Chamberlain Donahoe, the U.S. representative to the Human Rights Council, responded to questions about the urgency of establishing a monitoring mechanism for Iran.
New Iran sanctions finally came to fruition just days before the June 12 anniversary of Iran's dubious presidential elections, some observers concluded that the new sanctions must have been a result of the Iranian government's atrocious human rights violations.