A place where bloggers are imprisoned indefinitely, people get their hands chopped off for disobeying the state religion, and women are not allowed to drive, is probably one of the worst possible locations on earth for a conference of this nature. However, freedom is clearly not a concept that the United Nations understands very well, so this should not come as too much of a surprise.
Hillel Neuer, executive director of the Geneva-based UN Watch, a non-governmental human rights group, seems to believe that the country’s oil wealth is the reason that they are in the good graces of the UN and the western allied nations.
“It’s time for the politics of oil to stop trumping the basic principles of human rights. It’s bad enough that the oppressive and fundamentalist Saudi monarchy was elected to sit on the UN Human Rights Council. But for top UN human rights officials to now visit Jeddah and smile while human rights activist Raif Badawi languishes in prison for the crime of religious dissent, still under threat of further flogging, is to pour salt in the wounds. It’s astonishing,” Neuer told the Canada Free Press.
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