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At the beginning of 2016, leadership of the United Nations Human Rights Council will be given to a new nation. One party aggressively seeking that role is the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, a nation with one of the most deplorable human rights record on the planet.
Only three days later, in a surreal twist, reports surfaced that the Kingdom was also lobbying the United Nations to become the next head of the Human Rights Council after Germany completes its term.
"We urge US Ambassador Samantha Power and EU foreign minister Federica Mogherini to denounce this despicable act of cynicism by a regime that beheads people in the town square, systematically oppresses women, Christians, and gays, and jails innocent bloggers like Raif Badawi for the crime of challenging rulers’ radical brand of Wahabbist Islam," Hillel Neuer, executive director of UN Watch, said in a statement.
"Electing Saudi Arabia as the world’s judge on human rights would be like making a pyromaniac as the town fire chief," he added.
Neuer may have a point. For one, there’s the aforementioned Raif Badawi, who was sentenced to seven years in prison and 600 lashes for allegedly insulting Islam on his website. That sentence was later increased to ten years in prison and 1,000 lashes.