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zondag 6 november 2016

Saudi Terrorists Re-Elected

Saudi Justice

Russia loses UN Human Rights Council place, Saudi Arabia re-elected

For the first time since UNHRC's inception in 2006, Russia has lost an election to the UN Human Rights Council after being narrowly beaten by Croatia in a vote. Saudi Arabia was successfully re-elected, despite criticism from human rights organizations.
The 47 places on the council are distributed on a regional basis, with staggered ballots seeing a third of the body re-elected each year. Russia had finished its three-year term and was running against Hungary and Croatia for the two available seats from Eastern Europe.
With Hungary far ahead, Croatia received the votes of 114 of the 193 member countries, and Russia was selected on 112 ballots.
""It was a very close vote and very good countries competing, Croatia, Hungary. They are fortunate because of their size, they are not exposed to the winds of international diplomacy. Russia is very exposed. We've been in the UNHRC for several years, and I am sure next time we will stand and get back in," said Russia's UN envoy Vitaly Churkin. Russia is eligible to run next year, against a new set of countries.
Saudi Arabia sailed through the Asian ballot with 152 votes, and will represent the region on the UNHRC alongside China, Japan and Iraq for the next three years.
South Africa, Rwanda, Egypt and Tunisia were chosen from the African group, Cuba and Brazil from Latin America and the Caribbean, and the US and the UK will represent the Western bloc, which comprises Western Europe and North America.
Over the next term, which will last between 2017 and 2019, the 14 chosen members will be tasked with formulating the UN’s official position on conflicts occurring around the world, as well as the domestic policies of member states.
The elections took place against a backdrop of criticism from non-governmental human rights organizations, who say that the body has been hijacked by oppressive regimes looking to deflect criticism and drive their own agendas.
Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International produced a joint statement earlier this year condemning Saudi Arabia for “an appalling record of violations” in Yemen, where it has conducted a bombing campaign against Houthi rebels since 2015, which has resulted in the deaths of up to 4,000 civilians. The two organizations called for Saudi Arabia, a member of the UNHRC since it was created in 2006, apart from a mandatory year-long break after two terms, to be suspended – to no avail.
Saudi Arabia used its power in the council to block an outside inquiry into the campaign last month, while leading a successful resolution that placed the responsibility of investigating human rights abuses in the hands of its allies, the exiled Yemeni government.
Saudi Arabia carried out 157 executions domestically last year – the highest number in two decades, and is on pace to match the number this year. Critics of the regime have often faced detention, while women do not enjoy autonomy and equal status before the law.
Riyadh has repeatedly refused visits from UNHRC rapporteurs looking to investigate the justice system, incidences of torture, and discrimination.
In its official campaign brochure, published ahead of the vote, Saudi Arabia boasted about its human rights record, claiming, for example, that it supports “the empowerment of women at all levels” in compliance with “Sharia law, which guarantees fair gender equality.”
No joke: Saudi Arabia is running for the UN Human Rights Council—and their campaign brochure cites the Saudi record on. . . women's rights.

Ahead of this year’s vote Russia came under concerted pressure from human rights organizations.
“The non-election of Russia shows that the nations of the world can reject gross abusers if they so choose,” said executive director Hillel Neuer. “This makes the election of Saudi Arabia, China and Cuba even more preposterous.
A petition signed by 80 NGOs, including Human Rights Watch and Refugees International, asked the voting countries to "question seriously whether Russia's role in Syria which includes supporting and undertaking military actions which have routinely targeted civilians and civilian objects renders it fit to serve on the UN's premier inter-governmental human rights institution."
Russia dismissed the petition, published this week, as “cynical” and “dishonorable,” and said the accusations were motivated more by politics than by concern for human rights. Moscow, which has been conducting airstrikes in the country over the past year, says that it is acting legally, following an official call for assistance from the Syrian government, and insists that its war efforts are targeted at terrorists.

"China, Cuba, Egypt, Iraq, Malaysia, Russia, Rwanda, & Saudi Arabia Should Not Sit on the UNHRC," op-ed by HRF
Hope community of democracies does right today for & culture of impunity- vote NO for UNHRC election of countries violating

China, Cuba, Egypt, Iraq, Rwanda, which all succeeded in their quest for council membership, were also accused by NGOs of being undeserving of a place on the UNHRC.
The current human rights body replaced the United Nations Commission on Human Rights in 2006, which was plagued with identical accusations of domination by authoritarian regimes and preoccupation with Israeli violations in Palestine, at the expense of human rights crimes elsewhere in the world. The election of Muammar Gaddafi’s Libya to head the commission in 2003 was lambasted by Western media and politicians, and was seen as the catalyst for the reforms that have resulted in the formation of the UNHRC.


The result of terrorism, sponsored by Saudi Arabia. The United Nations don't care. The end of justice and human rights.

2 opmerkingen:

  1. De Umwertung aller Werte.

  2. https://twitter.com/YemenPostNews/status/794955004977168384

    Another WAR CRIME: Saudi cluster bombs (intl banned) attack #Yemen region Saada today & 10s explosions near village civilian homes.

    Niet alleen dat de VS logen over de inzet van chemische wapens als witte phosphor ('n soort napalm) in Irak.
    We were told that the war with Iraq was necessary for two reasons. Saddam Hussein possessed biological and chemical weapons and might one day use them against another nation.

    Vandaag en niet voor de eerste keer zetten de Saoudi's verboden fragmentatie-bommen (clustermunitie) in zonder dat het ook maar enig verschil maakt voor haar herverkiezing bij een mensenrechtencommissie van de VN. En, nu komt het: die bommen die ze afwerpen hebben ze dan ook helemaal niet zelf vervaardigd maar gewoon gekocht!
    Het adagio 'Don't buy and the dealer will die' blijft natuurlijk ontegenzeglijk gelden, niet alleen de vervaardigers (!) van deze martelwerktuigen maar ook 'de gebruikers' laat men ongemoeid. Onbenoemd en ongenoemd blijven ze allen onbestraft en floreren! Dat verdient dan dus een zetel in een mensenrechtencommissie. Snapt u waarom er nooit uitleg aan wordt gegeven of schande van wordt gesproken? Stelt u zich de medeplichtigheid als plechtigheid voor van het industrieel militair complex en verdraag het!

    Als een van de weinige journalisten hoor je Stan daar nogal eens over tekeer gaan (waarvoor dank) mocht een andere journalist het in z'n hoofd halen de hypocrisie aan de kaak te stellen dan zet deze zijn of haar carriere op het spel. Een andere verklaring is onlogisch. Het verklaart eventueel het zombie gehalte onder de mensen die werken bij de publieke nieuwsvoorziening. Werk en geld nu en in de toekomst vormt een dermate aanlokkelijk zorgeloos perspectief dat men ervoor bezwijkt. Dat zoiets mainstream is hoeft eigenlijk ook niet te verbazen. Feitelijk is er niets dodelijker dan het gemakkelijke en behaaglijke genieten.

    Het merkwaardige verschijnsel doet zich nu vaak voor dat de commerciële media tegenwoordig vaak veel minder conservatief en kritischer uit de hoek komen dan de publieke omroep. Die hebben steeds vaker de tak voor entertainment losgekoppeld van het nieuws ze zijn wellicht de gevaren van het ooit door haar nagestreefde 'infotainment' dat vervlakking, populisme en sensatie door effectbejag najaagt/aanwakkert beter gaan begrijpen en worden daarmee een steeds serieuzere concurent voor de informatievoorziening. (het medialandschap in z'n geheel schiet allemaal nog steeds ruimschoots tekort maar ik zal er hier niet een heel essay aan wijden. Dat lukt mij als leek ook niet.)