5/21/15, "Saudi Arabia 'seeking to head United Nations Human Rights Council'," UK Independent, Roisin O'Connor
"Saudi Arabia is reportedly planning to make a bid to head the United
Nations' Human Rights Council, in a move that has been described as the
"final nail in the coffin for the credibility" of the HRC.
Reports of the bid come just days after Saudi Arabia posted a job advertisement for eight new executioners.
This year it has already put 85 people to death in what has been
branded by Amnesty International a "macabre spike" from the 87 people it
killed in total last year.
The country will move to assume lead control over the HRC after 2016 when the presidency is awarded to a new nation.
UN Watch, a non-profit human rights group that monitors the international body, disclosed Saudi Arabia’s intentions in a recent and urged the United States to fight against it.
Neuer, executive director of UN Watch, said that the move was liable to
be "the final nail in the coffin for the credibility of a body that
already counts dictatorships like China, Cuba and Russia as members, and
whose top advisor is co-founder of the Muammar Qaddafi Human Rights
"We urge US Ambassador Samantha
and EU foreign minister Federica Mogherini to denounce this despicable
act of cynicism by a regime that beheads people in the town square,
systematically oppresses women, Christians, and gays, and jails innocent
bloggers like Raif Badawi for the crime of challenging the rulers’
radical brand of Wahabbist Islam," Neuer added.
"Electing Saudi Arabia as the world’s judge on human rights would be like making a pyromaniac as the town fire chief."
The move in 2013 to elect Saudi Arabia to the UN's 47-seat Human
Rights Council drew condemnation from campaign groups over alleged
systematic violations of the rights of its citizens.
currently heads the HRC, but its term will conclude in 2016. Elections
will be held in early December 2015 for the 2016 term, according to a UN
Rates of human trafficking are high in Saudi Arabia,
and the kingdom is currently designated by the United States as a
"country of particular concern" regarding religious persecution.
country also has come under fire in recent months for sentencing
blogger Raid Badawi to 10 years in prison and 1,000 lashes for
publishing essays that criticised the government.
In January authorities drew global condemnation after publicly beheading a woman in Islam’s holy city of Mecca.
A State Department official told the Free Beacon that "as far as we know there are not yet any announced candidates for the 2016 Human Rights Council presidency"."
5/21/15, "Not Thursday Humor: Saudi Arabia Plans To Head U.N. Human Rights Council," Zero Hedge
"The fact that Saudi Arabia is on the U.N. Human Rights Council at all is
more than sufficient to make a mockery out of the entire
body. Nevertheless, it appears this ridiculous membership isn’t enough
for the Saudis, and the Washington Free Beacon is reporting that the medieval desert monarchy is angling to take over the head position when the leadership position becomes available after 2016."...
12/28/2012, "U.S. Taxpayers Will Continue to Pay More Than One-Fifth of U.N. Budget," CNS News, Patrick Goodenough
"In one of its last actions of the year, the United Nations General
Assembly on Christmas Eve agreed to extend for another three years the
formula that has U.S. taxpayers contributing more than one-fifth of the
world body’s regular budget.
No member-state called for a recorded vote, and the resolution
confirming the contributions that each country will make for the
2013-2015 period was summarily adopted. The assembly also approved a
two-year U.N. budget of $5.4 billion.
The U.S. has accounted for 22 percent of the total regular budget
every year since 2000, and will now continue to do so for the next three
Before 2000, the U.S. contributed 25 percent of the U.N. regular
budget, but it was reduced to 22 percent in line with legislation passed
by the U.S. Congress in 1999. The U.S. still pays 25 percent of the
separate peacekeeping budget."
Comment: The entire US political class is fine with US taxpayers being slaves to beheaders. It's a crime that the US is even a member of this ridiculous group.