Remove Saudi Arabia from the Human Rights Council

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Yemen’s war

Involved in the years-long killing of Yemeni civilians, Saudi Arabia’s list of human rights abuses is also long and dark at home. A country, whose bombing campaign on neighboring Yemen has caused the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, has beheaded or detained hundreds of Saudi dissidents over the past few years. Ironically, the kingdom is a member of the UN Human Rights Council and Saudi Arabia’s envoy was picked in September 2015 as chair of a panel that appoints independent experts. Back then, the executive director of UN Watch sharply criticized the decision saying:”It is scandalous that the UN chose a country that has beheaded more people this year than Daesh to be head of a key human rights panel. Petrodollars and politics have trumped human rights.”Only three months later, Saudi Arabia sparked outrage among the Muslim world by executing prominent Shia cleric Sheikh Nimr who had called for free elections in the country.

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