|1995 Saudi Beheading of a Buddhist.|
82 countries in the United Nations praise Saudi Arabia for its ‘outstanding’ human rights record. Despite widespread recognition of Saudi Arabia’s abysmal record on the rights of women, religious freedom, and political liberties, the country is poised to win a seat on the Human Rights Council in elections scheduled for Nov. 12th by the UN General Assembly.
Turkey: "We commend Saudi Arabia for the significant rise of women in civil service”
Out of the 102 countries taking the floor today, over 80 of them praised Saudi Arabia.
|Saudi women enjoying their freedom and human-rights under the Arabian sun.|
Despite widespread recognition of Saudi Arabia's abysmal record on the rights of women, religious freedom, and political liberties, the country is poised to win a seat on the Human Rights Council in elections to be held on November 12th by the UN General Assembly.
UN Watch and a coalition of human rights groups are urging U.S. ambassador Samantha Power and EU foreign minister Catherine Ashton to take the lead in opposing the Saudi bid for a UNHRC seat, the height of hypocrisy. Over the coming weeks, UN Watch will be bringing famous dissidents inside the UN to mobilize opposition to the Saudi and other absurd candidacies.
After Saudi Arabia presented the HRC with a 30-page report its human rights record, the council today held a three-hour "interactive dialogue," with over 100 states making statements and Saudi delegates nominally responding. The exercise is known as the “universal periodic review” (UPR), which examines every UN member state once every four years. Tomorrow is China's turn.
|1985 Multiple public beheading of Buddhist in Saudi Arabia.|
Instead, the world should have used the opportunity to address the Saudi regime's cruel, inhuman and degrading punishments, such as flogging, amputations and eye-gouging. These and other abuses were amply documented in written submissions to the UN by Amnesty International and other NGOs.
No one challenged the Saudi regime on the 53 Christians who were arrested this year by religious police for the crime of praying in a private home, nor did anyone ask the Saudis why homosexuality is a crime punishable by public beheadings.
“A country whose legal system routinely lashes women rape victims rather than punish the perpetrators should not have been praised effusively by members of the UN’s top human rights body,” said Neuer. “Instead the world should have addressed the Saudi regime’s use of cruel, inhuman and degrading punishments, such as flogging, amputations and eye-gouging.”
|Head-to-toe covered Saudi-Women Deligation testifying at UN how free they are in Saudi Arabia.|
Canada slammed Saudi Arabia's violations on child marriage, religious freedom, criminal justice, corporal punishment and the rights of women, calling for an end to the prohibition on women driving.
Ireland called for abolishing the male guardianship system. Germany spoke against child marriages. Britain criticized Saudi criminal law. The Czech Republic spoke for the freedoms of speech, expression, and association.
Australia didn't dare to say a thing against Saudi Arabia as the Arabs would surely stop all the live-cattle, live-goats and live-sheep imports worth 10 billion dollars every year from Australia.
Experts agreed this was a high-level Saudi rebuke to the Obama Administration over its perceived preference for Geneva talks instead of meaningfully confronting Syria and the nuclear program of its Shiite patron Iran.
But with Secretary John Kerry's Paris meeting today with the Saudi foreign minister, the Sunni kingdom may yet change its mind. UN Watch will analyze this bizarre episode in our next briefing.)
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