Saudi Arabia has used its position on the UN Human Rights Council to shield itself from human rights investigations.]
Have Saudi Arabia as member of Human Rights Council is like to have Mengele to direct a children’s Hospital. Ter a Arábia Saudita como membro do Conselho de Direitos Humanos é como nomear Joseph Mengele para dirigir um hospital infantil.
Since joining the Council in 2013, Saudi Arabia’s dire human rights record at home has plummeted, and the government has also led a devastating campaign of unlawful airstrikes against civilians in the next-door country of Yemen.
The list of violations is long:
- More than 350 people – including children – have been executed In Saudi Arabia since it was elected to the Council.
- Saudi Arabia used its membership on the council to derail a resolution that would have investigated war crimes by the Saudi-led military coalition that bombed Yemen.
- Human rights activists in Saudi Arabia have been harshly sentenced for peacefully expressing their opinions. Since 2014, Saudi’s Specialized Criminal Court has sentenced activists – including Raif Badawi and his lawyer Waleed Abu al-Khair – to lengthy prison terms – in some cases even to death – after grossly unfair trials.
The international community – including the United States and the U.K – has been deafeningly silent. President Obama even sold Saudi Arabia a billion dollars in additional bombs.