Monday, April 24, 2017

U.N. Makes Saudi Arabia member of Women's Rights Council

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By Douglas V. Gibbs

We, the United States, need to depart from the United Nations, like, yesterday.  The internationalist organization that thinks it rules the world was created based on communist principles by communists like Alger Hiss and literally does the opposite of common sense. . . constantly.

For example, the Human Rights council is packed with Muslim Countries.

That's like having a panel loaded with foxes and wolves to work on the rights of sheep and chickens.

Now, in an even more egregious move, Saudi Arabia, "the world's most misogynistic regime", according to the Geneva-based human rights group "U.N. Watch," has just been elected to a 2018-2022 term on its Commission on the Status of Women, the U.N. agency “exclusively dedicated to the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women.”

Side Note: Gender Equality is code for Gender Neutrality.  Women and men are different for a reason, and when we eliminate those differences, and we become a collective of mindless automatons in a homogeneous society, we lose our individuality. . . and eventually our freedom.

With Saudi Arabia on the commission designed for promoting women's rights, you might as well have a panel of rapists gather together to write up the protocols for handling rape cases.

“Electing Saudi Arabia to protect women’s rights is like making an arsonist into the town fire chief,” said Hillel Neuer, executive director of U.N. Watch. “It’s absurd — and morally reprehensible.”

“This is a black day for women’s rights, and for all human rights,” said Neuer.

“Saudi discrimination against women is gross and systematic in law and in practice. Every Saudi woman,” said Neuer, “must have a male guardian who makes all critical decisions on her behalf, controlling a woman’s life from her birth until death. Saudi Arabia bans women from driving cars. Why did the U.N. choose the world’s leading promoter of gender inequality to sit on its gender equality commission?”

Saudi women feel betrayed by the UN. “I wish I could find the words to express how I feel right know. I’m ‘saudi’ and this feels like betrayal,”tweeted a self-described Saudi woman pursuing a doctorate in international human rights law in Australia.”

“Today the UN sent a message that women’s rights can be sold out for petro-dollars and politics,” said Neuer, “and it let down millions of female victims worldwide who look to the world body for protection.”

How does Saudi Arabia win seats on U.N. human rights bodies?

Saudi Arabia, where Islam might let a woman outside in public if she's with her husband, and never mind driving to the store on her own (and where women are the guilty party in rape cases), joins 44 other countries to now play an instrumental role in “promoting women’s rights, documenting the reality of women’s lives throughout the world, and shaping global standards on gender equality and the empowerment of women.”

Saudi Arabia was elected by a secret ballot last week of the U.N.’s 54-nation Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). Usually ECOSOC rubber-stamps nominations arranged behind closed doors by regional groups, however this time the U.S. forced an election, to China’s chagrin.

U.N. Watch points out that now that Saudi Arabia has also been re-elected to the U.N. Human Rights Council where it enjoys the right to vote on, influence and oversee numerous mechanisms, resolutions and initiatives affecting the rights of women worldwide, and are also a part of the women's rights council, they will be able to be involved in voting on things like:

Elimination of discrimination against women
Equal participation [of women] in political and public affairs
Working Group on the issue of discrimination against women in law and in practice
Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences
Accelerating efforts to eliminate all forms of violence against women
The right to a nationality: women’s equal nationality rights in law and in practice
Addressing the impact of multiple and intersecting forms of discrimination and violence in the context of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance on the full enjoyment of all human rights by women and girls
Annual full day debate on women’s rights
Annual half-day panel on the integration of a gender perspective

I wonder if this same U.N. would have voted Hitler onto the "rights of Jews council?"

The latest ECOSOC vote was reported in a U.N. press release:

"Commission on the Status of Women: The Council elected by secret ballot 13 members to four-year terms, beginning at the first meeting of the Commission’s sixty-third session in 2018 and expiring at the close of the sixty-sixth session in 2022: Algeria, Comoros, Congo, Ghana and Kenya (African States); Iraq, Japan, Republic of Korea, Saudi Arabia and Turkmenistan (Asia-Pacific States); and Ecuador, Haiti and Nicaragua (Latin American and Caribbean States)."

U.N. Watch says The only good news: thanks to the U.S. calling a vote — breaking with the Obama Administration policy which in 2014 allowed Iran to be elected by acclamation — Saudi Arabia was not elected by acclamation, but instead received the least votes of any other country: 47 out of 54 votes cast, even though there was no competition given that there was an equal amount of competitors for available seats.

China and Uganda were upset, preferring the usual practice of rubber stamping clean slates.

-- Political Pistachio Conservative News and Commentary

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