Russia lost its membership in the UN Human Rights Council on Friday, after it failed to garner enough votes in the elections to the body at the general assembly.
Saudi Arabia was successfully re-elected, despite its domestic and external human rights record. Beheadings are common practice in the country, where more than 150 people were killed this way in 2015 alone, according to numerous human rights organizations.
RT asked analysts whether it was a fair decision, given Riyadh's record.
According to Daoud Khairallah, International Law professor at Georgetown University, “it is absolutely shocking.”
He noted that members of the general assembly, who voted for countries to be represented in the Human Rights Council, are not just ordinary people from the street who could have fallen victim to the “huge propaganda machine that is trying to distort reality.” On the contrary, he said, these people are “in the know” and they “should know at least the records of countries that they are re-electing as members to the UNHRC.”
“It absolutely defies any logic that a country like Saudi Arabia — with a consistent record of violating international law, any kind of civil law inside the kingdom and beyond, a promoter of terrorism” — is being re-elected a member of the human rights body, said Khairallah.
It is also “shocking,” he went on, that the US is supporting Riyadh, given that only recently the American Congress voted to override President Obama’s veto on a bill allowing the families of those killed in the 9/11 attacks to sue Saudi Arabia for any role in the terrorist plot.
Despite so many voices in the US and elsewhere in the world saying that Saudi Arabia “has been a promoter of terrorism,” it is Russia that is being punished.
“[Russia] is almost singlehandedly, with some allies, trying to fight terrorism in Syria, and calling on the whole world to fight terrorism – it should be punished for that. Those countries who are voting, who are casting such votes, do they realize what they are doing to the moral authority of this organ that is called the UN Human Rights Council? Do they know what they are doing to the UN’s credibility and moral authority? It is really shocking and shameful for those who have voted for it!” Khairallah concluded.
Willy Van Damme, investigative journalist says that the UNHRC is a political body whose decisions “never have anything to do with human rights.”
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Rampant executions fuelled by justice system 'riddled with holes'
- Death sentences imposed after unfair trials lacking basic safeguards
- At least 102 executed in first six months of 2015 compared to 90 in all of 2014
- Average of one person executed every two days, most by beheading
- Almost half of executions in recent years are for non-lethal crimes
- At least 2,208 people executed between January 1985 and June 2015
- Nearly half of those executed since 1985 were foreign nationals
- Juvenile offenders, people with mental disabilities among those executed
Seems like the only thing the west and the U.N. voted for lately is to make Russia and It's president the big bad wolf in order to deflect it's failing polices and it's bankrupt finances at home...
How the h*ll could they have voted saudi arabia in the unhcr over Russia is beyond understanding, other than someone looking for a confrontation, maybe even a little war in order to redirect attention away from the west's problems at home with their own restless population, which is something they have done numerous times in the past in order to strengthen their hold on power..