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Saudi Arabian Official Questionable Choice to Head UN Human Rights Panel - NGO

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Saudi Arabian Official Questionable Choice to Head UN Human Rights Panel - NGO

Saudi Arabia was selected in June to chair the UN Human Rights Council's five-nation Consultative Group, which appoints applicants for 75 key human rights positions around the world.

"This appointment is grotesque", said Alexandra El Khazen, the head of the Middle East and North Africa desk of Paris-based Reporters Without Borders (RSF), adding, "It is outrageous that the UNis allowing Saudi Arabia, one of the world's biggest human rights violators, to chair this panel".

Ensaf Haidar has had international support in the campaign for her husband’s release
Ensaf Haidar has had international support in the campaign for her husband’s release

UN Watch executive director Hillel Neuer described the move as a victory for cheap oil over human rights.

Badawi's wife, Ensaf, also condemned the decision, writing in a message posted on Facebook that the U.N.'s appointment of Trad to lead the human rights panel was like giving Riyadh "a green light to start flogging again". Any government that chooses to imprison and flog a journalist like Raif Badawi - sentenced to 1000 lashes and nearly10 years in prison clearly has no truck with free speech. " The petition has racked up 5,214 signatures toward its 7,500 goal".

President Pranab Mukherjee has extended his greetings and felicitations to the King and the people of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on the eve of their National Day (September 23). Saudi Arabia has repeatedly been under fire for its human rights violations, including laws that ban women from driving without a male family member.

The HRC has long attracted controversy for granting membership to countries with dubious human rights records. Forty-seven of those executed were for drug offences.

Saudi Arabian Official Questionable Choice to Head UN Human Rights Panel - NGO

UN Watch called US Ambassador to the UN Samatha Power and EUforeign policy chief Federica Mogherini to condemn the appointment and work to reverse it.

Truth be told, a country that has not signed the worldwide Bill of Human Rights, the convention relating to the Status of Refugees, global Convention for the Suppression of Terrorist Bombing and global Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, does not seem to fit to head such a crucial panel.

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef

 

Kingdom applies death penalty only in the case of occurrence of grave crimes that threaten the safety and security of society as well as infringing the rights of individuals.

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