Russia Kicked Out Of UN Human Rights Council; Saudi Arabia Reelected

Tyler Durden's picture

Yesterday, for the first time since 2006, Russia failed to be re-elected for a spot on the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) - which until July was chaired by none other than Saudi Arabia - after being narrowly beaten by Croatia in a vote. Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia was successfully re-elected, despite vocal criticism from human rights organizations. The 47 places on the council are distributed on a regional basis, with staggered elections seeing a third of the body re-elected each year. Russia had finished its three-year term, and was running against Hungary and Croatia for the two available seats from Eastern Europe.

The decision was close, and came down to just two votes: with Hungary far ahead, Croatia received the votes of 114 of the 193 member countries, and Russia was selected on 112 ballots.

"It was a very close vote and very good countries competing, Croatia, Hungary. They are fortunate because of their size, they are not exposed to the winds of international diplomacy. Russia is very exposed. We've been in the UNHRC for several years, and I am sure next time we will stand and get back in," Russia's UN envoy Vitaly Churkin said quoted by RT. Russia is eligible to run next year, against a new set of countries.

Ahead of this year’s vote Russia came under concerted pressure from human rights organizations. “The non-election of Russia shows that the nations of the world can reject gross abusers if they so choose,” said executive director Hillel Neuer. “This makes the election of Saudi Arabia, China and Cuba even more preposterous.”

As we reported earlier this week, a petition signed by 80 NGOs, including Human Rights Watch and Refugees International, asked the voting countries to "question seriously whether Russia's role in Syria which includes supporting and undertaking military actions which have routinely targeted civilians and civilian objects renders it fit to serve on the UN's premier inter-governmental human rights institution." Russia dismissed the petition, published this week, as “cynical” and “dishonorable,” and said the accusations were motivated more by politics than by concern for human rights. Moscow, which has been conducting airstrikes in the country over the past year, says that it is acting legally, following an official call for assistance from the Syrian government, and insists that its war efforts are targeted at terrorists.

However, most perversely, in what was clearly a politically-motivated choice, Saudi Arabia sailed through the Asian regional ballot with 152 votes, and will sit on the UNHRC alongside China, Japan and Iraq for the next three years.

As RT notes, the elections took place against a backdrop of criticism from non-governmental human rights organizations, who say that the body has been hijacked by oppressive regimes looking to deflect criticism and drive their own agendas. Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International produced a joint statement earlier this year condemning Riyadh for “an appalling record of violations” in Yemen, where it has conducted a bombing campaign against Houthi rebels since 2015, which has resulted in the deaths of up to 4,000 civilians. The two organizations called for Saudi Arabia, a member of the UNHRC since it was created in 2006, to be suspended – to no avail.

Among other countries that were elected on the Council were South Africa, Rwanda, Egypt and Tunisia from the African group, Cuba and Brazil from Latin America and the Caribbean, and the US and the UK will represent the Western bloc, which comprises Western Europe and North America.

Over the next term, which will last between 2017 and 2019, the 14 chosen members will be tasked with formulating the UN’s official position on conflicts occurring around the world, as well as the domestic policies of member states.

But the biggest surprise in yesterday's vote was the reelection of Saudi Arabia: revealing the political clout of the Middle-eastern nation as a result of its pay ro play back and forth with the Clinton Foundation, the kingdom used its power in the council to block an outside inquiry into the campaign last month, while leading a successful resolution that placed the responsibility of investigating human rights abuses in the hands of its allies, the exiled Yemeni government.

Saudi Arabia carried out 157 executions domestically last year – the highest number in two decades, and is on pace to match the number this year. Critics of the regime have often faced detention, while women do not enjoy autonomy and equal status before the law.

Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International produced a joint statement earlier this year condemning Saudi Arabia for “an appalling record of violations” in Yemen, where it has conducted a bombing campaign against Houthi rebels since 2015, which has resulted in the deaths of up to 4,000 civilians. The two organizations called for Saudi Arabia, a member of the UNHRC since it was created in 2006, apart from a mandatory year-long break after two terms, to be suspended – to no avail.

Riyadh has repeatedly refused visits from UNHRC rapporteurs looking to investigate the justice system, incidences of torture, and discrimination. In its official campaign brochure, published ahead of the vote, Saudi Arabia boasted about its human rights record, claiming, for example, that it supports “the empowerment of women at all levels” in compliance with “Sharia law, which guarantees fair gender equality.”

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The current human rights body replaced the United Nations Commission on Human Rights in 2006, which was plagued with identical accusations of domination by authoritarian regimes and preoccupation with Israeli violations in Palestine, at the expense of human rights crimes elsewhere in the world. Ironically, just yesterday a 2006 recording emerged of Hillary Clinton suggesting that the election in the Palestine that same year should have been rigged to deliver the "desired" outcome. The election of Muammar Gaddafi’s Libya to head the commission in 2003 was lambasted by Western media and politicians, and was seen as the catalyst for the reforms that have resulted in the formation of the UNHRC.

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General Titus's picture

The good ole UN used to love the Bolshevik Soviet Union, now that its back under the native Orthodox Christian Russians, not so much

HowdyDoody's picture

Look who is on it:

Saudi Arabia: say no more

US: State sponsor of terrorism

UK: State sponsor of terrorism

Other NATO Members: State sponsors of terror

Like everything else the US touches, it has become the opposite of what it claims to be.



Serfs Up's picture

“The non-election of Russia shows that the nations of the world can reject gross abusers if they so choose,” said executive director Hillel Neuer."


In 2009 Hillel Neuer became involved in the controversy over the involvement of the Brand Israel campaign in the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival. In particular Hillel was angered at the involvement of activist Naomi Klein in the protest. Hillel wrote: "Supporters of liberal democratic values may have a hard time understanding why anti-globalization activist Naomi Klein has recruited Jane Fonda and other stars to boycott the Toronto International Film Festival for the crime of showing films from Tel Aviv."

Neuer holds four degrees. He graduated from Concordia University with a Bachelor of Arts in intellectual history and political science. He also has a Bachelor of Civil Law and a Bachelor of Laws from the McGill University Faculty of Law, as well as a Master of Laws in comparative constitutional law from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Infocat's picture

The UN is nothing but a huge joke. We shouldnt even be a member. In the Age of Trump we need to get out.

The Management's picture

Its nothing personal Russia, selection process has changed to "musical seats" this year, a change from last years "wheel of misfortune".

There were 47 sitting down when Australias didgeridoo stopped excuses ! Suck it up !

Jambo Mambo Bill's picture

Completely correct Sir!!! UN is a complete Joke! In fact the West is becoming a joke as well.

Chris Dakota's picture
Chris Dakota (not verified) Balders Hymn Oct 29, 2016 11:41 AM

I said to my son what is going on in these colleges is insane and those people will never get jobs.

He says "the people that are hiring agree with them."


any_mouse's picture

UNHRC is a sham. KSA is the Chair.

EscapeKey's picture

ah nothing a few million transferred to the accounts of clinton foundation can't fix

gildedtime's picture

Russian hackers must have "rigged" the vote in favor of Croatia.  Like Hillary sez "We should all be furious at their interference against democracy".



BullyDog's picture

We live in a double speak, upside down world.


Where the freedom is imprisonment.


Which must mean the USA are the Terrorists with their bases around the world.  Russia is actually the only vessel of hope for humanity.  

Gold is not a barbaric relic but instead the only true money limited by the labour of men, instead of the theft of time which is what fiat currencies must really be.

Then again,  maybe everything is just awesome like the TV keeps telling us all.


Escrava Isaura's picture

Now tell me, who run Bartertown?

Where two men enter, and one man leaves.


PrayingMantis's picture


... House of Saud and Human Rights is like oil and water ... the United Nincompoops must stop scraping the bottom of the barrel to get Saudi Arabia's oil-slicked cash contributions to finance its nefarious activities ... can't force the blind UN to see what the House of Saud is doing to Yemen as well as funding the ISIS terrorists  ...

Never One Roach's picture

To celebrate their re-election to the Human Rights Council, the Saudis will behead 20 innocent journalists and 20 innocent women will be stoned to death early Monday morning in the square!

Please note: BYOG (Bring Your Own Goat) to the festivities!

larz's picture

Make that 20 prominent MSM USA journalists and 20 feminazis and I'll bring a herd of goats

847328_3527's picture

Throw in Woof Bitzer, Lester, and the liars from cnbc and npr and I'll pay for the swords!

gladih8r's picture

The UN have gone to the same place as the Nobel Prize committee: the trash heap of history. 

Escrava Isaura's picture

The UN just follow orders from the Masters: US and England.


Conax's picture

I say it like I was a Puerto Rican-

The Jew Inn.

GreatUncle's picture

Was only possible under FIAT because you can print as much as you want and buy institutions domestic or foreign.

UN, IMF, NATO, WHO, ... thats the international.

FBI, but one but you can add all the rest ... owned.

Without FIAT you could never have done, not enough gold to buy it all seeing as we are at 250x ETF's to real gold.

Escrava Isaura's picture



fbazzrea's picture

the UN is a critical piece of the roadmap to the NWO globalist cabal's "brighter" future. time to un-join the UN.


Escrava Isaura's picture

Collapse of global trade will probably do it for the UN.

And, sorry to say, because I live in the US, and for the US middle classes.


scsherman's picture
scsherman (not verified) Escrava Isaura Oct 29, 2016 10:58 AM

Please list your address so I can have INS come by to talk to you about the subversive communist propaganda you spread.

fbazzrea's picture

i was thinking the very same thing. we live in a Reverseville world where good is bad, up is down and black is white. totally f*cked up!!

TRUMP 2016!!

Lumberjack's picture

Twilight zone material....Now for the winner of the Nobel Peace Prize.....


OT but just-us in:

Lawmakers question DOJ over expanded hacking authority


Nearly two dozen lawmakers raised questions with the Justice Department this week over a rule change slated to expand the federal government’s authority to hack computers.

In a letter sent Thursday to Attorney General Loretta Lynch, 23 bipartisan members of the House and Senate requested clarification concerning new powers the government will get later this year when it updates Rule 41 of of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure, the statute outlining the government’s ability to issue and execute search warrants

Unless Congress acts first, amendments to Rule 41 going into effect Dec. 1 will see that judges are able search and seize computers located in any jurisdiction rather than just their own.

Lumberjack's picture

Hillary Clinton/Idi Amin Family Foundation. IDI AMIN DADA FOUNDATION The Former President Of Uganda, Al-Haji Idi Amin Dada Alemi Foundation are created in memory of our late Father, Idi Amin, he is remembered as a good father, Wonderful Husband, A Great Leader who keept the country together, a founder of economic Independence in Uganda. he united ugandans of all religious denominations. we his childrens as well many ugandans mised him, and will always remains in our hearts forever. our prayers to almighty allah to rest his soul in eternal peace AAmin.



The Obscenely Easy Exile of Idi Amin


On a reporting trip to Saudi Arabia seven years ago, I went to Idi Amin's house. I had heard that Mr. Amin, the former Ugandan dictator who died last weekend at the age of 78, was living in Jidda, the Red Sea port, and I wanted to see for myself. Was it possible that a man who, in the 1970's, had ordered the deaths of 300,000 of his countrymen, raped and robbed his nation into endless misery and admitted to having eaten human flesh was whiling away his time as a guest of the Saudi government? 

It was. There, in a spacious villa behind a white gate, Mr. Amin made his home with a half-dozen of his 30 or so children. He was not there the day I rang (a son said he was out of town), but locals said he could often be seen pushing his cart along the frozen food section of the supermarket, being massaged at the health club, praying at the mosque. He had long ago abandoned his British-style military uniform for the white robe of the Saudi man, but as an African measuring 6-foot-3 and nearly 300 pounds, he did not exactly blend in. 

A former Sudanese colonel who worked as a manager at the local supermarket said, "People greet him and say, `Hello, Mr. President.' " Why? Wasn't he a savage dictator? 

"Oh yes — he used to eat people," the manager replied, laughing. "But this is our nature. We forget." 

But what would prompt the Saudi government to play host to such a man? 

The answer, when the question was posed to Saudi officials, was an excursion into the desert habits of hospitality, and Mr. Amin's conversion to Islam. His support for the Arab boycott of Israel in the 1970's certainly also endeared him to his hosts. 

During the nearly quarter-century of his soft exile, no nation tried to bring Mr. Amin to justice. A few years ago, after Spain's government went after Chile's former dictator, Augusto Pinochet, Human Rights Watch did bring up Mr. Amin's case to the United Nations Commission on Human Rights, but to no avail. Under international law, any nation, including Saudi Arabia, could have and should have prosecuted Mr. Amin.

Bank_sters's picture

I sure am glad the UN now has control of  our internet.   Perhaps we could send an envoy of Transgender folks over to Saudi Arabia to establish a community outreach in downtown Riyadh.


Hopefully barry O, the wookie and cankles cadaver end up in prison.

SandiaMan's picture

Fuck The U.N. Trump gonna shut you down too.

PyreneesPygmy's picture

un is a joke. it has fallen far. and is nowhere near what it once was.

usa is a far bigger violator of human rights than russia

Bendromeda Strain's picture

Surely you are the one joking. The UN is the same corrupt luciferian organization it was always meant to be, on the precepts of Alice Bailey and Madame Blavatsky. Learn something. Start with the Lucis Trust.

NoWayJose's picture

Hungary has one of the most aggressive anti-immigrant policies in Europe. Hard to imagine them winning on 'human rights' - unless you consider the 'rights' of the people living in your own country!

PPT Inc.'s picture
PPT Inc. (not verified) Oct 29, 2016 7:47 AM

A woman in Saudi Arabia is the property of her father then/or her husband, even as an adult.

A woman cannot leave the country for even one day without written permission from her husband or her father.

Trapped, by law. Cannot leave the country.

But the Jewmedia is talking about Russia this morning, not Saudia Arabia.


CaptainObvious's picture

Yup.  In the altmedia news yesterday, a Saudi woman was arrested for the heinous crime of driving herself in a car.  I am not a woman and don't think like a woman, so I can't understand why feminists have not targeted this nation as the world's single biggest oppressor of women in the history of the world.  But, yeah, manspreading is such a serious offense of human rights, so they must focus on that.

PPT Inc.'s picture
PPT Inc. (not verified) CaptainObvious Oct 29, 2016 8:12 AM

It is because the Feminist movement has been taken over by Jewish lesbians whose first loyalty is to Israel and thus to Saudi Arabia due to the shared enemy of Iran.

Never One Roach's picture

Young American girls are brainwashed in schools from an early age now to focus on their 'white guilt' and strive to build more 'safe places' for those whom Hillary calls, 'the oppressed.'


I would say more but I might look 'microaggressive' to some 'sensitive' peeples like the SJWs.

balz's picture

What a joke.

thecondor's picture

One day in the not to distant future the world is going to burn.

BritBob's picture

Russia supports Argentina's mythical Malvinas' claim. So much for the human and democratic rights of the Falkland Islanders and so much for that so-called sovereignty claim:

Argentina has never legally owned the islands.

HowdyDoody's picture

The UK government doesn't give a fuck about the people occupying the Malvinas. It's all about resources, oil and fishing.


Stu Elsample's picture

Patiently waiting for the UN to tell American citizens that they must turn in their guns...those blue helmets will be easy to spot with a scope