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UN Human Right Council Misses Chance to Deter Abuses in Yemen - HRW

Human Rights Watch slammed the UN Human Rights Council for failing to stop international law breaches in Yemen, where more than 21 million people desperately need humanitarian aid.

Saudi Arabia’s Uses Position On Human Rights Council to Block Human Rights Measures

2 days agoNews : Jonathan Turley

The elevation of Saudi Arabia (in what appears now a secret deal with England) in 2013 to the United Nations Human Rights Council was to say the least controversial. After all, the Kingdom denies basic rights to women, bars basic religious freedom for non-Muslim (including the construction of any church in the Kingdom), engages in […]

UN approves help for Sri Lanka war crimes probe

Human Rights Council urges international judges and lawyers to help ensure judicial process as part of reconciliation.

Wikileaks Exposes Secret Deal To Get Saudi Arabia On UN Human Rights Council

Submitted by Michaela Whitton via, Two years after the controversial appointment of Saudi Arabia to the U.N. Human Rights Council, leaked diplomatic cables have revealed the U.K. was a key player in the election of the Gulf State - despite the Saudis’ appalling human rights record. Show More Summary

‘We have talked so much about it, and it just goes nowhere.’

On Thursday, the U.N. Human Rights Council passed resolution 25/1, a vote of confidence that the government of Sri Lanka can and will provide justice for abuses committed during the decades-long civil war against the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). It’s been a long road getting to this consensus. Since the war’s end […]

U.N. calls on Sri Lanka to pursue war crimes with credible process

GENEVA (Reuters) - The United Nations Human Rights Council on Thursday called on Sri Lanka to establish a credible justice process, including foreign judges and prosecutors, to investigate alleged war crimes committed during the long conflict that ended in 2009.

UAE, Saudi Arabia Ensured UN to Only Consider Arab Resolution on Yemen

A number of Arab countries have succeeded in creating a situation where the UN Human Rights Council (OHCHR) is only considering their resolution on the settlement of the crisis in Yemen, local media reported on Thursday, citing sour...

David Cameron Behind a Dirty Deal with Saudi Regime Over Human Rights Seat

4 days agoFilm / Film Reviews : Pajiba

Britain conducted secret vote-trading deals with Saudi Arabia to ensure both states were elected to the UN human rights council (UNHRC), according to leaked diplomatic cables. It doesn't matter how cynical you think you are; it doesn't matter how long...

REVEALED: UK, Saudi Conspired in Secret to Clinch UN Human Rights Seats

Many have wondered how Saudi Arabia, a nation with a deplorable human rights record, was elected to the UN human rights council in 2013. According to newly translated WikiLeaks cables, a "secret deal" with the British government played a key role.

PACE to Observe Azerbaijan Elections Amid Human Rights Concerns

The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) will maintain its mission to Azerbaijan to observe the upcoming elections there, amid allegations of human rights breaches in the country, the assembly's president, Anne Brasseur, said Monday.

The Fight Against Mass Incarceration Goes Global

U.N. Human Rights Council will consider the first-ever report condemning mass incarceration. Next week, the U.N. Human Rights Council will consider the first-ever U.N. report on mass incarceration. In this groundbreaking report, the U.N. Show More Summary

The United Nations Defends Saudi Arabian Head of Human Rights Panel, with Good Reason

Earlier this week, media outlets began reporting that Faisal bin Hassan Trad, a representative from Saudi Arabia (of all places), had been appointed to a major leadership position for the United Nations' Human Rights Council.I repeat: Someone from a country known for its human rights abuses would now head up a panel for the Human Rights Council. Show More Summary

Saudi Arabia’s Chairmanship of UNHRC Beheads Human Rights Idea

Last week, the UN appointed a representative of Saudi Arabia to lead the UN Human Rights Panel… Let us repeat this again – we learned that Saudi Arabia will chair the UN Human Rights Council panel and the US government gladly “welcomed” the appointment of its close ally.

After Beheading 100 People This Year, Saudi Arabia Joins UN Human Rights Council With US Support

Ali al-Nimr was arrested at 17 and is scheduled to be beheaded and then crucified. The post After Beheading 100 People This Year, Saudi Arabia Joins UN Human Rights Council With US Support appeared first on ThinkProgress.

VIDEO: Why Is Saudi Arabia Heading the U.N. Human Rights Council?

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Saudi Arabia has been accused of human-rights abuses for decades, from suppressing dissent to beheading people for minor crimes. So why have they been appointed to head a U.N. Human Rights panel?

US Welcomes News That Saudi Arabia Will Head UN Human Rights Panel

While many expressed outrage over Saudi Arabia’s appointment as head of a United Nations’ Human Rights Council panel, one nation has given its seal of approval. Despite the Kingdom’s deplorable rights record, the US State Department "welcomes" the UN’s decision.

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