The United Nations Human Rights Council’s job is to decide the UN’s official stance on global conflicts, as well as domestic policies of member countries. There are 47 member states on the council. One of them is Saudi Arabia, a country with one of the most dismal human rights records in the world. Is Riyadh now creating the international standard for human rights to be followed by other countries? If the Saudi regime is rewarded being a member of the UNHCR, then it appears that the council is giving the okay to oppressed women, to kill thousands of civilians and to stifle human rights. Perhaps this really is the new criteria for human rights in the world today.
How is it that the UNHCR can really include Saudi Arabia? Isn’t this making a mockery out of the meaning of human rights?
Lawrence J. Korb
U.S. Foreign Policy and Natl. Security Analyst