Bedia Afnan

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H. Bedia Afnan (بيداء أفنان) is a former Adviser to the Iraqi Permanent Mission at the United Nations.[1] She represented Iraq in the United Nations General Assembly's Third Committee (Social, Cultural, and Humanitarian) and on the Commission on the Status of Women.[2] In this role, she was "one of the delegates most directly responsible" for the inclusion of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights' Article 3 (Part I) which guarantees "the equal right of men and women to the enjoyment of all civil and political rights" enshrined therein.[2][3]

In the 1950s, she served as the press attache for the Embassy of Iraq in Washington, D.C., and maintained a friendly relationship with Eleanor Roosevelt.[2]


  1. ^ Second United Nations Conference on the Law of the Sea.
  2. ^ a b c Roland Burke, Decolonization and the Evolution of International Human Rights, (Univ of Pennsylvania Press, 2011), 118-119
  3. ^ International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights