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However, most perversely, in what was clearly a politically-motivated choice, Saudi Arabia sailed through the Asian regional ballot with 152 votes, and will sit on the UNHRC alongside China, Japan and Iraq for the next three years.
As RT notes, the elections took place against a backdrop of criticism from non-governmental human rights organizations, who say that the body has been hijacked by oppressive regimes looking to deflect criticism and drive their own agendas. Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International produced a joint statement earlier this year condemning Riyadh for “an appalling record of violations” in Yemen, where it has conducted a bombing campaign against Houthi rebels since 2015, which has resulted in the deaths of up to 4,000 civilians. The two organizations called for Saudi Arabia, a member of the UNHRC since it was created in 2006, to be suspended – to no avail.
Among other countries that were elected on the Council were South Africa, Rwanda, Egypt and Tunisia from the African group, Cuba and Brazil from Latin America and the Caribbean, and the US and the UK will represent the Western bloc, which comprises Western Europe and North America.
originally posted by: TinfoilTP
So the top abusers of human rights get appointed to the UN human rights council.....to make sure all efforts against their human rights offenses get opposed.
This stuff is like out of a movie, time to pull the money plugs and let that ship sink.
originally posted by: Gin
Well not surprised at all. Didn't the UN chief remove Saudi Arabia from blacklist of human rights abusers after Saudis threatened to cut UN funding some months ago. What a joke UN has become, sellouts.
In their Monday warning, senior Saudi diplomats told top U.N. officials Riyadh would use its influence to convince other Arab governments and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation to sever ties with the United Nations, the officials said. The threats were issued in a series of exchanges between top Saudi officials in Riyadh, including Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir, according to U.N.-based officials. The Saudi mission to the United Nations did not respond to a request for comment Tuesday afternoon.
Riyadh was enraged after U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon included the Saudi-led military coalition in Yemen on a list of countries, rebel movements, and terrorist organizations that killed, maimed, or otherwise abused children in conflict. The 40-page report — which was issued last week and primarily written by Leila Zerrougui, the U.N. chief’s special representative for children and armed conflict — claimed the coalition was responsible for about 60 percent of 1,953 child deaths and injuries in Yemen since last year.
originally posted by: Sublimecraft
Does this mean that Christians can finally go to Mecca and Medina and set up churches and the like and spread the gospel now that the House of Saud is in charge of humanity, equality and righteousness?
Or have I just walked into the wrong room?