Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Amnesty International: Suspend Saudi Arabia from the Human Rights Council

Suspend Saudi Arabia from the Human Rights Council

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Suspend Saudi Arabia from the Human Rights Council

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The al-Shaymeh Education Complex for Girls after it was struck by missiles fired by the Saudi Arabia-led coalition

We just called for the UN General Assembly to suspend Saudi Arabia from the world's top human rights body. 

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Dear Thai Alliance for Human Rights,

This is intolerable. 

Saudi Arabia has used its position on the UN Human Rights Council to shield itself from human rights investigations. 

Since joining the Council in 2013, Saudi Arabia's dire human rights record at home has plummeted, and the government has also led a devastating campaign of unlawful airstrikes against civilians in the next-door country of Yemen.

Help support our work to demand that Saudi Arabia's government respects human rights. We are pressuring all UN member states to take action. 

The list of violations is long:

  • More than 350 people - including children - have been executed In Saudi Arabia since it was elected to the Council.

  • Saudi Arabia used its membership on the council to derail a resolution that would have investigated war crimes by the Saudi-led military coalition that bombed Yemen.

  • Human rights activists in Saudi Arabia have been harshly sentenced for peacefully expressing their opinions. Since 2014, Saudi's Specialized Criminal Court has sentenced hundreds of activists - including Raif Badawi and his lawyer Waleed Abu al-Khair - to lengthy prison terms, and even to death, after grossly unfair trials. In May 2014, Raif Badawi was sentenced to 10 years in prison and 1,000 lashes for blogging about religious freedom.

The international community - including the United States and the U.K - has been deafeningly silent. President Obama even sold Saudi Arabia a billion dollars in additional bombs.

When it comes to Saudi Arabia, we must make sure the international community does not put business and arms deals before human rights. Donate now.

I hope you'll be part of our efforts. 


Sunjeev Bery
Advocacy Director, Middle East North Africa
Amnesty International USA


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