For many years, the United Nations has received criticism from pundits on both sides of the political aisle for making many questionable decisions.
Perhaps no decision is crazier than the one made last week when the U.N. named the new head of its Consultative Group of the United Nations Human Rights Council.
The country chosen was Saudi Arabia.
At first glance, many people might recognize Saudi Arabia as one of the few countries in the Middle East that has a strong economy and is not considered a third world nation like most in the region.
When taking a closer look at the way Saudi Arabia enforces laws on its citizens, one can’t help to wonder who should be held accountable for making this atrocious decision.
“It is scandalous that the UN chose a country that has beheaded more people this year than ISIS to be head of a key human rights panel…,” said UN Watch Executive Director HIllel Neuer. “This UN appointment is like making a pyromaniac into the town fire chief.”
Some of this nation’s laws that could be easily considered inhumane include:
• Women must wear loose-fitting clothing and cover their head in public
• Requires women to obtain a male’s permission to work or travel
• No women can obtain driver’s licenses
• Capital punishment used for those who “blaspheme” Islam
• Arrests and convicts peaceful protesters and uses force against them
• Uses limb amputations and floggings as means of punishment for many crimes
Some of the other countries represented on this committee include similar suppressed societies in China, Ethiopia, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
Of course, this isn’t the first time the U.N. has made this type of decision.
The U.N. allowed Libya to head the Human Rights Commission in 2003 even though the country was considered a state sponsor of terrorism. It also allowed Sudan to be on the commission during the reported ethnic cleansing in Darfur.
It also made North Korea a member of the executive board of UNICEF in 2005.
It’s hard to believe the U.N. is celebrating 70 years of supposedly making sound decisions for the citizens of the world we live in.
With leadership like this, it’s no wonder our world continues to be in the condition it is in.