In a trade visit to Iran, members of the self-declared “feminist government” of Sweden greeted Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and other officials dressed in hijabs, pants and long coats, reported by UN Watch.
The organization expressed disappointment that the world’s first feminist government “sacrificed its principles and the rights of Iranian women…in deference to Iran’s oppressive and unjust laws which make the hijab compulsory.”
In declaring itself a feminist government, Swedish ministers said, “This means that gender equality is central to the Government’s priorities – in decision-making and resource allocation. A feminist government ensures that a gender equality perspective is brought into policy-making on a broad front, both nationally and internationally…This is a human right and a matter of democracy and justice.”
Masih Alinejad, an Iranian human rights activist who created the Facebook page “My Stealthy Freedom,” where Iranian women post pictures of themselves rebelling against Iran’s modesty laws, asked European female politicians as well as those around the world to reject the mullah’s dictates and realize that this is not a “cultural issue” but “the most visible symbol of oppression.”
“European female politicians are hypocrites,” Alinejad said. “They stand with French Muslim women and condemn the burkini ban—because they think compulsion is bad—but when it happens to Iran, they just care about money.”
“If Sweden really cares about human rights, they should not be empowering a regime that brutalizes its own citizens while carrying out genocide in Syria; and if they care about women’s rights, then the female ministers never should have gone to misogynistic Iran in the first place,” said UN Watch Executive Director Hillel Neuer.
“Trade Minister [Ann] Linde, who signed multiple agreements with Iranian ministers while wearing a veil, ‘sees no conflict’ between her government’s human rights policy and signing trade deals with an oppressive dictatorship that tortures prisoners, persecutes gays, and is a leading executioner of minor,” wrote UN Watch.
Meanwhile, Swedish police officers ended up in a hospital after a routine patrol in an area dubbed a “no-go zone.”
The incident occurred in Rinkeby, a suburb of Stockholm, which is one of 50 designated “no-go” areas Swedish officials have admitted they do not control.