Not a terribly big surprise, but it is still terrible. It appears that the US feels the necessity to bar an official delegation of women and government officials from the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women’s meeting in New York (see US bars Iran from attending UN event’ )

A senior Iranian legislator says Washington has stonewalled attempts for experts to attend an international UN event in New York. Head of the Iranian Parliament’s Committee for Women and Family Affairs Fatemeh Alia said a delegation has been primed to take part in the 52nd UN Commission on the Status of Women to be held in New York.

The US government, however, has failed to fulfill its duty to issue visas for the Iranian officials, she added. “This is not the first time Washington has resorted to stonewall tactics by refusing the issuance of visas for an Iranian delegation,” Alia explained, adding that the US government had also prevented a visit by the head of the Iranian Parliament last year.

“This shows their tyrannical attitude,” she maintained. The 52nd session of the Commission on the Status of Women will be held at the United Nations headquarters in New York from February 25th to March 7th.