Membership of the United Nations’ Human Rights Council (HRC) has always been a rogue’s gallery of some of the world’s most oppressive nations trying to obstruct its work or artificially rehabilitate their images. Now to add insult to countless human rights injuries, Saudi Arabia wants to head the HRC. That’s right. The country that will not allow any other religion to build a simple church or place of worship in the Kingdom. The country that executes people for apostasy for simply praying to the God of their choice. The country that imprisons and flogs women for driving, adultery, or people accused of sorcery. The country that is the greatest exporter of the extreme Sharia values that are stripping away rights in various countries. The country that cuts off the hands of thieves. The country that denies free speech and executes people in intersections for things like drug dealing. That country.
As the Kingdom seeks new executioners to meet the high demand for amputations and executions, it is seeking the top position on the HRC to lead the world on human rights.
U.N. Watch has called the effort “the final nail in the coffin for the credibility” of the HRC. Countries like Iran, China, and others have turned the HRC into a joke in recent years.
The question will be whether the Obama Administration will do what prior administrations have failed to do: stand up to Saudi Arabia and move to block its influence.