30 September, 2015

Saudi Arabia and the United Nations Human Rights Council

According to Amnesty International, 175 individuals were executed in Saudi Arabia in the period August 2014 to June 2015.  Recent reports state that they intend to execute (by beheading) a 17 year old male (Ali Mohammed Baqir al-Nimr) and display his crucified body - Saudi Arabia plans to crucify teen as is ascends to UN Human Rights Council Chair.

Such barbarity is utterly incompatible with human rights and should be condemned internationally.

Instead, we see that Saudi Arabia is to head the Consultative Group to the President of the UN Human Rights Council.  The Consultative Group comprises 5 Ambassadors - UN Watch 20th September.  The Group has the power to select applicants from around the world for more than 77 positions dealing with country-specific and thematic human rights mandates.

Reports that the UK Government supported Saudi Arabia becoming part of the UNHRC are particularly disturbing - The Guardian 29th September.

In his speech to the Labour Party Conference, Jeremy Corbyn MP (Labour Party Leader),
called upon the Prime Minister (David Cameron) to intervene personally with the Saudi Arabian authorities to stop the execution of Ali Mohammed Baqir al-Nimr and also he challenged Cameron to terminate the Ministry of Justice deal to provide services to the Saudi Arabian prison system. This deal was created when Chris Grayling was Secretary for State for Justice and Lord Chancellor.

The UN HRC dates from UN General Assembly Resolution 60/251.  The Resolution requires the Council to address violations of human rights, including gross and systematic violations.

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