Send a Tweet
Most Popular Choices
Share on Facebook 1 Share on Twitter Printer Friendly Page More Sharing
OpEdNews Op Eds

U.S. State Department "Welcomes" News That Saudi Arabia Will Head U.N. Human Rights Panel

By       Message Glenn Greenwald       (Page 1 of 2 pages)     Permalink    (# of views)   3 comments

Related Topic(s): ; ; ; ; , Add Tags
Add to My Group(s)

Must Read 2   Supported 2   Valuable 2  
View Ratings | Rate It

opednews.com H3'ed 9/23/15

Author 4807
Become a Fan
  (151 fans)

(Image by Twitter)   Details   DMCA
- Advertisement -

Last week's announcement that Saudi Arabia -- easily one of the world's most brutally repressive regimes -- was chosen to head a U.N. Human Rights Council panel provoked indignation around the world. That reaction was triggered for obvious reasons. Not only has Saudi Arabia executed more than 100 people already this year mostly by beheading (a rate of one execution every two days), and not only is it serially flogging dissidents, but it is reaching new levels of tyrannical depravity as it is about to behead and then crucify the 21-year-old son of a prominent regime critic, Ali Mohammed al-Nimr, who was convicted at the age of 17 of engaging in demonstrations against the government.

Most of the world may be horrified at the selection of Saudi Arabia to head a key U.N. human rights panel, but the U.S. State Department most certainly is not. Quite the contrary: they seem quite pleased about the news. At a State Department briefing yesterday afternoon, Deputy Spokesman Mark Toner was questioned by the invaluable Matt Lee of AP, and this is the exchange that resulted:

QUESTION: Change topic? Saudi Arabia.

MR TONER: Saudi Arabia.

- Advertisement -

QUESTION: Yesterday, Saudi Arabia was named to head the Human Rights Council, and today I think they announced they are about to behead a 21-year-old Shia activist named Muhammed al-Nimr. Are you aware of that?

MR TONER: I'm not aware of the trial that you -- or the verdict -- death sentence.

QUESTION: Well, apparently, he was arrested when was 17-years-old and kept in juvenile detention, then moved on. And now, he's been scheduled to be executed.

- Advertisement -

MR TONER: Right. I mean, we've talked about our concerns about some of the capital punishment cases in Saudi Arabia in our Human Rights Report, but I don't have any more to add to it.

QUESTION: So you --

QUESTION: Well, how about a reaction to them heading the council?

MR TONER: Again, I don't have any comment, don't have any reaction to it. I mean, frankly, it's -- we would welcome it. We're close allies. If we --

Click Here to Read Whole Article

- Advertisement -
   

Ad info: click here

Top Content
in the Last 2 Days
(by Page Views)

Rupert Murdoch's Fox postpones Pirro, as his Sky Channel is Pulled from NZ Airwaves for airing Shooter's Video by Juan Cole (With membership, you can see # of pageviews)

Trump's CIA Now Unbound and Back to Its Traditional Hijinks by Wayne Madsen (With membership, you can see # of pageviews)

This is What a Leader Looks like by Rob Kall (With membership, you can see # of pageviews)

Creepy Netflix Discovery Highlights What's Wrong with Social Media Today by Brian Lynch (With membership, you can see # of pageviews)

Gov't Blocks Preteen Refugee Rape Victims from Requested Abortions (Maddow) by Meryl Ann Butler (With membership, you can see # of pageviews)

Trump Cornered by Robert B. Reich (With membership, you can see # of pageviews)

Donald Trump Is Fomenting More Domestic Terrorism by Ted Millar (With membership, you can see # of pageviews)

Trump is cornered, with violence on his mind. We must be on red alert by Robert B. Reich (With membership, you can see # of pageviews)

How to Tell If Beto O'Rourke Is for Real: A Green New Deal and Natural Gas by Bill McKibben (With membership, you can see # of pageviews)

Boeing's Doomed 737 MAX's by Eric Margolis (With membership, you can see # of pageviews)

"Hands off Venezuela" March in Washington: Background and Repercussions~Is Trump Trumping the Monroe Doctrine? by Stephen Fox (With membership, you can see # of pageviews)

The Trump Years: Politically Driven Willful Ignorance by Carl Petersen (With membership, you can see # of pageviews)

American Speak Out: Venezuela, We Got Your Back by Henry Samson (With membership, you can see # of pageviews)

An open letter to Nancy Pelosi on impeaching Trump by carol wolman, MD (With membership, you can see # of pageviews)

Regime Change Could be a Good Thing for the US by Timothy Gatto (With membership, you can see # of pageviews)

Chelsea Manning and the New Inquisition by Chris Hedges (With membership, you can see # of pageviews)

Creating Utopia by lila york (With membership, you can see # of pageviews)

Yang on Jobs Lost to Automation by Craig K. Comstock (With membership, you can see # of pageviews)

The Mekong Retains, Erases by Linh Dinh (With membership, you can see # of pageviews)

On Paying for a Green New Deal with Modern Monetary Theory by Dean Baker (With membership, you can see # of pageviews)

Pelosi's Impeachment Stance Makes a Mockery of Everything by Marc Ash (With membership, you can see # of pageviews)

Can China and Russia Survive In This Unharmonious World? by Andre Vltchek (With membership, you can see # of pageviews)

Tulsi in SF Townhall: Belts it out of the park! by Daniel Geery (With membership, you can see # of pageviews)

Daily Inspiration — Morning by Josh Mitteldorf (With membership, you can see # of pageviews)

Rubio's Gloating Betrays US Sabotage in Venezuela Power Blitz by Finian Cunningham (With membership, you can see # of pageviews)

Go To Top 50 Most Popular

- Advertisement -
Classics of Liberal Thinking

Progressive Radio Links