Wednesday, September 30, 2015

UK deal to back Saudi Arabia for UN Human Rights Council exposed

"The documents indicate Britain initiated the backroom talks by asking Saudi Arabia for its support ahead of the November 2013 UNHRC elections. The Saudi regime has beheaded more people this year than Islamic State and has an appalling record of killing or lashing people who speak out, are homosexual or commit adultery. Britain and Saudi Arabia were elected to the UNHRC, which has 47 member states." "Mr Neuer said being a UNHRC member would help Saudi Arabia escape scrutiny of its rights violations. “No one ever has even tried to hold Saudi Arabia to account with a resolution, special session, commission of inquiry or suspension of their membership,” he said. “The US, EU and other democracies give the Saudis a free pass.” "