QUESTION: But you said that you welcome them in this position. Is it based on improved record? I mean, can you show or point to anything where there is a sort of stark improvement in their human rights record?
MR TONER: I mean, we have an ongoing discussion with them about all these human rights issues, like we do with every country. We make our concerns clear when we do have concerns, but that dialogue continues. But I don't have anything to point to in terms of progress.
QUESTION: Would you welcome as a -- would you welcome a decision to commute the sentence of this young man?
MR TONER: Again, I'm not aware of the case, so it's hard for me to comment on it other than that we believe that any kind of verdict like that should come at the end of a legal process that is just and in accordance with international legal standards.
MR TONER: Sure.
That's about as clear as it gets. The U.S. Government "welcomes" the appointment of Saudi Arabia to a leadership position on this Human Rights panel because it's a "close ally." As I documented two weeks ago courtesy of an equally candid admission from an anonymous "senior U.S. official": "The U.S. loves human-rights-abusing regimes and always has, provided they 'cooperate' ... The only time the U.S. government pretends to care in the slightest about human rights abuses is when they're carried out by 'countries that don't cooperate.'"
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