Saudi Arabia: World’s Human Rights Sewer

Saudi Arabia: World’s Human Rights Sewer, Gatestone InstituteDouglas Murray, September 21, 2015

(This must be a premature April Fools Day joke. There have been several others recently, including criticisms of Donald Trump for not rebuking, correcting and silencing someone who claimed that Obama is a Muslim and of Dr. Ben Carson for saying he would not support a Muslim for President. Yeah, they must all be just sick jokes. I wish. — DM)

Saudi Arabia has been appointed as the head of a key UNHRC panel. This panel selects the top officials who shape international standards in human rights; it is intended to report on human rights violations around the world. The five-member group of ambassadors, which Saudi Arabia will now head, is known as the Consultative Group and has the power to select applicants to fill more than 77 positions worldwide that deal with human rights issues.

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  • Ali Mohammed al-Nimr, sentenced to be crucified, was accused of participating in banned protests and firearms offenses — despite a complete lack of evidence on the latter charge, and he was denied access to lawyers. Al-Nimr is also alleged by human rights groups to have been tortured and then forced into signing a confession while in custody.
  • Not only are the Saudi authorities preparing to crucify someone — in 2015 — whom they tortured into making a confession; they are preparing to crucify someone who was a minor at the time of arrest.
  • Alas not a week goes by without Saudi Arabia demonstrating to the world why they retain their reputation as one of the world’s foremost human rights sewers.
  • Crucifixion is a punishment which, it would appear, is not only Sharia-compliant but also — we must assume — Geneva-compliant.

The United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva is an organization that may be easy to critique, but it is very hard to satirize. Ordinarily, if you told anyone that there was a place in Switzerland where Sudan, Iran and others of the world’s worst dictatorships and human rights abusers have their views on human rights treated with respect and deference, you would assume the script was written by Monty Python. Idi Amin would make an appearance at some point to share his views on how to improve equal conditions for women in the workplace. Pol Pot would crop up in order to castigate those countries where living standards had not been sufficiently raised in accordance with global averages.

Everything that happens in Geneva is beyond satire. But last week provides a demonstration, outrageous even by the standards of the UN. For this week, it came out – thanks to the excellent organization UN Watch — that Saudi Arabia has been appointed as the head of a key UNHRC panel. This panel selects the top officials who shape international standards in human rights; it is intended to report on human rights violations around the world. The five-member group of ambassadors, which Saudi Arabia will now head, is known as the Consultative Group and has the power to select applicants to fill more than 77 positions worldwide that deal with human rights issues. It appears that the appointment of Saudi Arabia’s envoy to the UNHRC, Faisal Trad, was made before the summer, but that diplomats in Geneva have kept silent on the matter since then.

That this appointment had to leak out months after the event raises the possibility that the UNHRC, contrary to popular perception, actually does have some sense of shame. Otherwise, why not shout from the rooftops that Saudi Arabia has won this prestigious position? Why not distribute a press release? After all, Saudi Arabia — and by extension the UNHRC — have nothing to be ashamed of, do they?

Alas not a week goes by without Saudi Arabia demonstrating to the world why they retain their reputation as one of the world’s foremost human rights sewers. Saudi Arabia may have beheaded more people in the last year than ISIS, but only rarely do any of these cases get more than a flicker of international attention. Occasionally a case breaks above the waves of public opinion. One such case is that of the jailed blogger Raif Badawi, sentenced last year to 10 years in jail and 1000 lashes for “insulting Islam.” The plight of Raif Badawi, who has already been served the first 50 lashes, and is being held in prison while awaiting the rest, has garnered international attention and condemnations of Saudi Arabia. The kingdom’s response has been strongly to denounce “the media campaign around the case.”

But the glare of international opinion clearly disturbs the Saudi authorities — a fact well worth keeping in mind. And it is not as though they have nothing to hide. This week brings a case that should get at least as much attention as that of Raif Badawi.

Ali Mohammed al-Nimr was just 17 when he was arrested by the Saudi authorities in 2012, during a crackdown on anti-government protests in the Shia province of Qatif. He was accused of participating in banned protests and firearms offenses — despite a complete lack of evidence on the latter charge. Denied access to lawyers, al-Nimr is alleged by human rights groups to have been tortured and then forced into signing a confession while in custody. Campaigners say that it seems he has been targeted by authorities because of his family association with Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr, the 53-year-old critic of the Saudi regime who is his uncle. The Sheikh has also been convicted and sentenced to death. After the confession and “trial,” his nephew was convicted at Saudi’s Specialized Criminal Court and sentenced to death. The trial itself failed to meet any international standards. Al-Nimr appealed against his sentence, but this week that appeal was dismissed. It now seems likely that he and his uncle will now be executed. Because charges include crimes involving the Saudi King and the state itself, it seems likely that the method of death will be crucifixion.

1255Imprisoned Saudi dissidents Raif Badawi (left) and Ali Mohammed al-Nimr (right).

If this were in any way to cause a flicker of concern among other participants in the UNHRC farce going on Geneva, they have at least some consolation. For in Saudi Arabia crucifixion is not what it used to be. Indeed, in Saudi Arabia crucifixion begins with the beheading of the victim and only then the mounting of the beheaded body onto a crucifix, to make it available for public viewing. This is a punishment which it would appear is not only Sharia-compliant but also — we must assume — Geneva-compliant.

Of course, Ali Mohammed al-Nimr counts as having been a juvenile at the time of his arrest, so not only are the Saudi authorities preparing to crucify someone — in 2015 — whom they tortured into making a confession – they are preparing to crucify someone who was a minor at the time of arrest. Perhaps the authorities at the UNHRC in Geneva do indeed blush when they appoint Saudi officials to head their human rights panels. But it does not seem to affect their behaviour. Just as Saudi authorities think it is “international attention” rather than flogging people to death or crucifying them after beheading that is the problem, so the UNHRC in Geneva seems to think it is public awareness of their grotesque appointments rather than the appointments themselves that are the problem.

The international attention paid to the case of Raif Badawi has not yet seen him released, but it seems to have delayed the next rounds of lashes. Which suggests the Saudi authorities have the capacity to feel some shame. This should in turn be a cause for some hope among everyone who cares about human rights. It should also provide a reminder to everyone to increase global attention on the case of Ali Mohammed al-Nimr and the many others like him who suffer under a government and judicial system that should utterly shame the world outside Geneva, even if it cannot shame the UN.

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10 Comments on “Saudi Arabia: World’s Human Rights Sewer”

  1. David Says:

    This can’t be true…
    It flippin’ can’t be true!!

  2. Louisiana Steve Says:

    More chutzpah from the House of Saud….

    “Saudi Arabia’s laughably prestigious University of Qassim played host to one of the biggest women’s rights conferences in the Arab world in 2012. Ironically, the institution managed to hold the event without the advice or attendance of a single woman.”

    • David Says:

      Hi LS,
      this is surrealistic… to put it mildly.
      Amazing what petrodollars can do, eh?

      And those are the guys financing the islamization of the western world.

      No words to describe this shit…

      • Louisiana Steve Says:

        Exactly David, and it’s all so unnecessary because energy independence has be within our grasp for some time now. I guess the old adage of ‘follow the money’ still holds true now more than ever.

      • joopklepzeiker Says:

        Never read something about oil for immigration ?

        Oil for Immigration – EU sold it’s soul to OPEC in 1975

        On the risk that u might already have your belly full of talks about multi-cultural societies, i’d like to share something that you probably didn’t knew yet. The mass-muslim immigration to West-Europe didn’t just fall from the sky. They are a direct result of EU-guidelines, concocted in 1975.

        The motive was the oil crisis of 1973. Out of fear that the oil producing countries would shut down oil delivery, a Euro-Arab dialog was initiated with OPEC-countries.This Euro-Arab dialog received a permanent headquarter in Paris and organised congresses all around the world, where representatives of the former EEG asskissed about everyone to keep the Arab oilproducing sheiks and countries as ally.

        In 1975 these actions resulted in a convenant, which was the base of the mass-immigration of muslims to Europe. 200 trustees voted possitive for the ressolution to islamize Europe, adopt the Arab culture and make it part of Europe.
        The overall …. in europe back in ’75 was very socialistic. The founding father of the ressolution, Tijl Declercq (Belgium), was a christian democrat, but he was also an proponent of totalitarianism. He was, for example, a passionate avocate of stronger ties with the Sovjet-Union.
        It is this Convenant of Strassburg (remember the name!) that killed Pim Fortuyn (dutch politician, who supposed to be PM before he got shot) and Theo Van Gogh (dutch actor, writer, producer).

        In the convenant, the EEG promises to ACTIVELY SUPPORT ARAB IMMIGRATION and export their culture to europe. The text emphasizes the “great enrichment the arab culture has to offer, especially on terms of morals and ethics” and encourages the EEG-countries to give the immigration the “highest possible priority”. The press has to be used to “create a good environment regarding the immigrants”. The academic system has to be motivated to “emphasize the possitive contribution of Arab culture to the development of Europe”. Funds has to be reserved for the founding of Mosques, Islamitic-schools, Arab-society-centers and scientific institutes to stimulate Islamitic-studies.
        It is all on black&white, since 1975, thanks to our transcendent Eu-fetishists.

        For years i have wondered how our government, without acception, all use the same sweet, milky clichés conserning issues about the now so troubling muslim-immigration. Not only here in Holland but on the entire west-european continent! Never before i’ve heard them speak about the “enrichment of our society” or “education with retention of native culture and language” and all of a sudden, they all spoke with the same tongue, like they where magically enchanted.

        Obama is doing to the U.S. what the European Commission did to Europe with the Stassburg convenant of 1975. He is opening the doors for MASS-MUSLIMISATION. We cannot change or go back to how it was here in Europe, but it seems the same tactics and strategy is used by mr. Obama these days.
        All we Europeans can say to u Americans is: Choose wisely the comming elections!

        Original article by the late: Pamela Hemelrijk

        Source: http://www.meervrijheid.nl/index.php?pagina=1391 (dutch article)

        Translation: Lemon

        • Louisiana Steve Says:

          I find it hard to believe that something that happened in 1975 is causing the wave of refugees we see today. Don’t you think that all the war, death, and destruction in Syria and North Africa played a large part? Besides, many of the doors you believe were opened by policy set back in 1975 are closing as we speak. Jeez…40 years ago. Meanwhile, the Russians are increasing the intensity of war to save that butcher Assad’s ass while giving Iran cover to escalate war in North Africa, thus driving more people out. Remember Assad? The guy who killed thousands of his own people? You can bet we here in the USA won’t be electing an Assad. We will ultimately choose wisely. Besides, Obama will soon be history. Meanwhile, you are free to side with an ex-KGB agent, a murderer who gassed his own people, and a country demanding your death. As for me, I’ll stick with the west and the USA.

          • David Says:

            LS,
            I think that joop has a point here.
            Yes, all this mess is extraordinarily complicated, and has a long history.
            But I agree with what the article he posted states. There are plenty of books on amazon that describe this same idea.
            Not sure how you guys in the States are viewing all this immigration crisis in Europe, but here many people, all over the continent, are seeing it as a staged, organized invasion to islamize the Old Continent.

            Apart from that, yes, Putin is an ex-KGB agent, but I think that the wisest thing to do at the moment, since he’s the only one that seems to be willing to send troops and put boots on the ground (albeit a small number for now), is to coordinate and cooperate with him (this applies to European countries, as well as the US and Israel) to try and exterminate that vermin of the IS.
            Once this mission is accomplished, which would be pretty easy if the above mentioned countries have the will to finish them off (a different story are their hidden motives not to do do), we could go onto the next step and see what can be done with other threats.

            But for “our western” way of life, I think IS should be the first ones to be targeted.
            And everyone needs Russia, right now, and as the situation has evolved, to achieve this.

            As a final note, the US started bombing IS positions a year ago.
            And the result is pretty lacking… to say it diplomatically.
            Do you really believe that with all the US military might, they wouldn’t have wiped out those terrorists already?

            Another option would be to not interfere with Russia, just leave them clean hands, and they can put all the effort, troops and weapons to finish them off.
            They would do all the work, and we would be happy.

          • Louisiana Steve Says:

            I understand what you’re saying, David. There’s more to this dangerous game of chess and Russia is looking beyond ISIS….if they are able to stop ISIS. Actually, I have my doubts, but we will see. Apparently everyone is stepping aside to let them have a go at it. But I still say, if Russia can overcome ISIS, what next? You have to consider that at that point, if it occurs, Russia will have a larger foot print in the Mideast and a lot of followers out of gratitude and out of fear. I just hate to see the fate of Israel tied to Russia’s military successes and advances into the neighborhood. They have a bad track record when it comes to ‘defending’ people friendly to Russia, i.e. Ukraine and every damned country in Eastern Europe. In fact, as anyone from there. They’ll tell you how they feel about a powerful Russia.


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