UN Council on the Rights of Terrorists?
Like these ones news come from a country that was recently elected to the UN Human Rights Council: a member of the ruling dynasty of Saudi Arabia was subjected to corporal punishment. In prison in Jeddah, he was flogged, after which he will serve a prison sentence. Moreover, the authorities do not report neither the name of the prince, nor the information for which he was punished.
Surely for this subject is not worth defending. The morals of the Saudi court are a dark matter. But medieval methods of punishment extend in this kingdom both to bloggers, and poets, and even to tourists. For example, in October last, 2015 of the year 360-year-old British guest of Saudi Arabia was sentenced to lash out for finding home-made wine in his car. And a few months earlier, the power of the kingdom publicly bloated blogger Rafe Badawi for "atheism" and "insulting Islam." In addition to corporal punishment, he received 74 years in prison. The lawyer who defended the blogger was sentenced to 10 years of imprisonment for dissent. Another famous victim of the Saudi judicial inquisition was the Palestinian poet Ashraf Fayyad, who was first sentenced to death and then replaced with a spanking punishment.
The prince was lucky a little more than the rest - the doctors examined him before the punishment to see if he could stand the execution. Doctors usually do not examine other prisoners.
And in the resolution, in accordance with which the body was created, where Saudi Arabia was elected, said the following: “Council members must maintain the highest standards in the promotion and protection of human rights.». Well, these “high standards” are obvious. More precisely, on the backs.
This time, Russia was not included in the Council. When choosing representatives of Eastern Europe, Hungary and Croatia overtook our country - they were considered more worthy to protect human rights. Obviously, no one raises his voice in defense of the rights of Serbs in Croatia, against whom atrocious war crimes were committed at the beginning of the 90s. The majority of Serbs were forced to leave their native lands, and the few remaining - continue to remain in this "young democratic country" second-class people ... However, at the October 28 meeting, 112 states voted for Russia, and 114 voted for Russia. Hungary beat everyone ahead - she got 144 votes.
Shortly before the vote, dozens of various human rights organizations circulated an appeal in which they urged not to elect Russia to the UN Human Rights Council. They considered that by their actions in Aleppo, the Russian Federation "would have discredited the Council."
Perhaps this appeal would have remained an empty scribble if it were not for the general atmosphere in the international political arena.. For several years now, a new cold war against Russia has been going on, the intensity of which has increased in recent months. Syria, Crimea, Donbass, “Boeing” - all these topics do not leave the pages of the world media and from the tribunes of international organizations. Russia has plenty of accusers. These fake "prosecutors" defiantly turn a blind eye to their sins and the sins of their allies.
In fact, the great tragedy did not happen. In any case, no country can occupy a seat on the UN Human Rights Council for more than two consecutive terms. If Russia passed this time, next year there would be no right to run for that body. True, one can hardly expect that by that time the attitude towards Moscow will become warmer for its opponents, so that the political struggle is still to be serious.
Of course, the current vote in the Council reflects quite definite tendencies - Russia will try in every possible way to spoil things in order to reduce its influence in the world. And, although by itself this body cannot make decisions that are binding, the opponents of the Russian Federation will actively use this rostrum for waging an information war.
From the West, the most odious states — the United States and Britain — entered the UNHRC. It can be assumed that the representative of Latin America, Cuba, which is traditionally an ally of Moscow, will dare to resist them most resolutely. You can also expect some actions that break the plans of Washington and London from China.
It is characteristic that those “human rights” organizations that denounced Russia with disgrace for the events in Syria did not mention the crimes of anti-Syrian terrorists, among which they were banned in many countries, including and in the Russian Federation, "Islamic State" and "Dzhebhat An-Nusra." Thus, they are trying to present the actions of Russia with nothing provoked, to keep silent about the atrocities of terrorist organizations and about the contribution of Moscow to the fight against them.
Presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov remarked on this point that if these organizations condemned the actions of terrorists, and not Russia, their work would have seemed much more convincing.
As for Saudi Arabia, no such treatment was made for it, despite the medieval punishments. Despite the fact that women in this monarchy regime is prohibited to get behind the wheel. Despite the fact that this kingdom continues to help terrorists who kill the Syrians. Despite the fact that, finally, Riyadh continues to strike at the peaceful cities of Yemen.
It is also worth remembering that the Libyan Jamahiriya was expelled from the UN Human Rights Council when Muammar Al-Gaddafi was in power there. But the membership of Libya was resumed after Gaddafi was killed with incredible savagery and complete chaos reigned in the country. A little later, Syria was not allowed into this body, which was also considered “inappropriate.”
But, as we have the honor to contemplate, Saudi Arabia is quite suitable for this body. Like its closest ally - the United States, along with the Guantanamo prison.
And, if those few progressive states that nevertheless went to the UN Human Rights Council fail to organize a proper response to the violators of human rights who are guilty of initiating wars, then this body risks turning into the UN Council on the Rights of Terrorists.
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