Outrage After At Least 5 EU Nations Elect Saudi Arabia On UN Women's Rights Council

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In what may have been the biggest trolling of the United Nations in recent history, Saudi Arabia was elected via secret ballot in the UN Economic and Social Council to the 45-member UN Commission on the Status of Women last week. According to Reuters, twelve other countries were also elected by the council in Geneva to serve for a four-year term, ending in 2022: Algeria, Comoros, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ghana, Kenya, Iraq, Japan, South Korea, Turkmenistan, Ecuador, Haiti and Nicaragua.

The news promptly sparked mocking and ridicule. UN Watch, a human rights organization monitoring the performance of the United Nations, strongly condemned the appointment of Saudi Arabia to post,citing Riyadh’s poor women’s rights record and widespread gender inequality.

Electing Saudi Arabia to protect women’s rights is like making an arsonist into the town fire chief. It’s absurd,” Hillel Neuer, the UN Watch chief, said.

Every Saudi woman “must have a male guardian who makes all critical decisions on her behalf, controlling a woman’s life from her birth until death. Saudi Arabia also bans women from driving cars,” Neuer added.

Who voted for Saudi Arabia? At least 5 EU nations based on UN Watch math: "Neuer said that seven of the 54 council states did not vote for Saudi Arabia, and that, based on his count, five of the 12 EU states on the council voted in favor of Saudi Arabia. It received the least amount of votes out of all of the 13 newly approved members, he added."

Twitter users were just as amazed at the news:

According to its website, the CSW with Saudi Arabia now its latest official member, is aimed at "promoting women’s rights, documenting the reality of women’s lives throughout the world, and shaping global standards on gender equality and the empowerment of women,"according to its website. Saudi Arabia’s bid to be elected to the UN Commission on the Status of Women was made in September 2016. At the time, the country referred to its record on women’s rights protection, which goes “in accordance with Sharia, which guarantees fair gender equality.”

“Saudi discrimination against women is gross and systematic in law and in practice. Every Saudi woman must have a male guardian who makes all critical decisions on her behalf, controlling a woman’s life from her birth until death. Saudi Arabia bans women from driving cars,” Neuer raged. “Why did the UN choose the world’s leading promoter of gender inequality to sit on its gender equality commission?”

While the answer was unclear, it involves a dollar sign, lots of zeroes and even greater promises for future "investment" in said 5 EU countries.

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Raffie's picture

No one knows more about woman's rights like the Saudis.


knukles's picture

Scientists have just announced today that Dolphins are second to man in intelligence levels.
So that pushes women down to third place.

HopefulCynical's picture

In related news, the foxes have just been appointed to the UN Henhouse Council.

philipat's picture

The need for conducting a secret ballot says it all really doesn't it?

You can guarantee that the UK was one of the corrupt EU countries who voted in favor of the Saudis, prbably in exchange for new arms contracts? It was the UK that was instrumental in getting Saudi elected as Chair of the UN Human Rights Commission, another WTF moment in the annals of Diplomatic integrity...

Never One Roach's picture

I'll wait for Rosie O'Donnell and Beyonce to analyze this and tell me what's best before I comment.

Creepy_Azz_Crackaah's picture

But leftards keep telling me that it's about time that we start listening to "the world" when it comes to womens and peoples.  This should be refreshing.

Maybe they'll even blame Hillary(!)'s loss on misogyny.  UN Women's Rights Council report spearheaded by Saudi Arabia

JRobby's picture

The UN is a POS. And that's not news.

Get it the fuck out of the USA

philipat's picture

It is ironic that the UN is located in the US, which consistently ignores it and all other aspects of International law, the latest example being the illegal intervention by the US in Syria?

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Donald Trump (not verified) philipat Apr 23, 2017 9:27 PM

You have to hand it to the Saudis, they would know how to get Miley Cyrus stoned without wasting any weed.

Dozens of Miley Cyrus’ Photos Hacked and Leaked Online



#420 (stones) bitch. I mean lady with rights

winged's picture

Simple. Israel's got the US by the balls. In turn, the US's got the UN by the cojones.

Troy Ounce's picture


For sure South Africa is one of them. 

Playing "modern" but on the inside backwards and tribal. 

jefferson32's picture

Not defending KSA or failing to recognize the absurdity of them sitting on any kind of human rights commissions.

But realize UNWatch is a Zionist, judeophiliac NGO, whose missions is to defend Israel vs the UN; it holds its next conference with the French fanatical bigot Finkelkraut. Just go check out its website to realize the nauseating hasbara outlet it is.

I speculate Israel lobbies in favour of KSA//Qatar/etc. sitting on the HRC (which explains the support from Western countries), so as to better criticize and de-legitimize the body.

Pandelis's picture

and theoutrage is about what exactly?  thesee people are on their own bubbles thinking the world evolves around them ... so Saudi bribed a few UN officials for domestic consumption ...yes, not rght but what is the big deal?

dunroamin's picture

UK, Sweden, France & Germany for sure. The fifth one? Italy is my guess, the land of la dolce Vita that is the gateway to Europe for the whole of Africa.

Chuck Walla's picture

What can you tell a woman with two black eyes?

Nothing. You've already told her twice.

GUS100CORRINA's picture

Title: Outrage After At Least 5 EU Nations Elect Saudi Arabia On UN Women's Rights Council

My response: ROFL!!!!!! Ignorance is BLISS!!!!

O'foolish Galations, who has bewitched you??

Troy Ounce's picture


Ha ha

Q. What is the problem when a woman comes out of the kitchen?

A: the chain is too long.

Diatom's picture

Fuck the useless and absolutly corrupt UN.

Put cameras under the desks and you will see envelops with money changing hands...


HopefulCynical's picture

You'll also see a whole lot of shit which cannot be unseen. I'll pass, thanks.

rtb61's picture

The UN is not corrupt. You have representives from governments elected by their people. Those governments are corrupt, what you see in the UN is the reflection of corrupt governments. To claim the UN is corrupt is to claim the UN representative ignore their own governments when they vote, no one is even trying to claim that.

The corruption does not occur at the UN the corruption occurs at home, leading corrupter, the US closly followed by Israel and Saudi Arabia, the axis of evil.

land_of_the_few's picture

My guess is the following, the pro votes are from:

Countries that are owned,or at least their leaders are, via corrupt party donations and arms deals with happy genociders SA and Qatar  = UK, France.

Countries that have "acquired" Wahhabi type representatives through being naive, reps are either cynical moles or useful idiot converts.

Countries that are dirt poor, corrupt, used to being led by the nose, easily influenced by Soros, Rainbow Politics and globalism against their own interests, and think they need to get in touch with their spiritual mystical hippy roots ... most of Eastern EU. It's not the '60s anymore, boys and girls. And with pols probably taking yuuuge amounts of Riyals on the side because otherwise they can't afford a sandwich in Copenhagen.

If you don't believe, let me tell you this, it us not unknown for women from such countries to get married to a local from and go live in for example Kashmir.

thisandthat's picture

OTOH, politicians' spineless creatures status further confirmed.

HRH Feant's picture
HRH Feant (not verified) Raffie Apr 23, 2017 7:37 PM

You forgot /sarc.

SixIsNinE's picture

all serious zeros knew that, Miss Aquitane :)   (sorry if mispelled)


but really,  it's the logical progression from human rights boss, no?


hey, if you decide if you're going to marfa or not and take that RV, i'm hitching a ride from colorado...

just make sure you have room for the sound system -  HH wants me to play some real BASS music for the zeros


right HH?


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HRH Feant (not verified) SixIsNinE Apr 23, 2017 8:16 PM

Thanks for acknowledging me as HRH of Aquitaine. I appreciate that. Funny that on Election Day, in France, the antifa crowd showed up at the Bastille. Right on cue.

About Marfa: It is very far from where I live. Furthermore, Justice Scalia was on a little adventure vacay outside of Marfa when he woke up dead. When you land in that part of the country you are far, far away from a lot of things. Like an autopsy, apparently.

I looked into an RV from my neck of the woods: very spendy. My plans are on hold.

SixIsNinE's picture

fair enough.


apparently its a straight shot down I-25  colorado to marfa.

Listen up Zeros - if i can't get to marfa to light it up with music - we could have a local event and at least to a  livestream to marfa to do a little introductions etc.


zchat me if interested -

calling Barnaby !  Barnaby  where art thou?

MozartIII's picture

But it has to be the Jews that own the US gov......  Nothing else is posisible!  Everything the House of Saud wants, the us delivers. We are run by Jews ??????

. . . _ _ _ . . .'s picture

Israel and Saud are allies, they just don't go screamin' it from the rooftops.

Maltese Beagle's picture

The UN gives not a single penny what happens to any one person, or any group of people without money, except to manipulate opinion. The UN has little value for human rights in fact, only in fantasy. Another club full of narcissists, waiting to tell the rest of us what we should be, do and think.

Bay Area Guy's picture

Putting Saudi Arabia on that panel just shows the total uselessness of the United Nations.

HRH Feant's picture
HRH Feant (not verified) Apr 23, 2017 8:06 PM

More proof that the UN is a joke and a waste of time.

Did anyone else read the BB articles about the Muslim Doctor in Michigan that was arrested for performing FGMs on kids? Sickening. I speculated that FGM was rampant in the UK and the US and was being performed illegally. I was right.


Edit: oh and one of the doctors caught and arrested (after taking 12 fucking years to investigate) was a woman.

What kind of woman butchers other girls? Absolutely fucking revolting.

If you have not watched the movie, "Desert Rose," you should. The horror of FGM in living color.

Peanut Butter Engineer's picture

Some Women are brainwashed by their culture to hate other women, and that "doctor" is one of them.

Maltese Beagle's picture

Men do horrid things to both men and women; you think women can't be wretched socio-psychpaths and do the same? Remember HRH, Janet Reno, and the other femme fatales, real and fantastic, through history?

Impartial's picture

Did you read anywhere that says women can't be same? Can you even comprehend what was typed?

It's exactly as what you have say, women can be hateful of other women just as much as men.

Games Without Frontiers's picture

Well, at least you don't have to wonder which way the U.S. voted. Will you continue to exclusively sell your oil for US dollars? Mystery solved. For the children, er women of course.

Duc888's picture

"Will you continue to exclusively sell your oil for US dollars?"


SA joined Brics.


uno's picture

feminist, Hollywood and LGBT in the US and Western Europe hailed the decision as a win against the patriarchy

Peanut Butter Engineer's picture

Bullshit, you can't see the out cry by feminist in those medias or are you just obviously blind to their out cry so that you can make your cause sound more legit against feminism? Fucking dipshit.

techpriest's picture

Feminists have a history of never crossing the Deep State, even when women are vicitmized. It is an illegitimate ideology, and every thinking person is sick of the weasel-words used to attempt to equate every single political effort that has to do with women. We're also sick of organizations like the Susan G Komen Foundation, which spends incredible amounts of donation money on its own staff and board while claiming to be about research.

Peanut Butter Engineer's picture

Feminism is more of individual thought movement, it's just like atheism, we don't gather in groups like hippies, those that truly gather in groups them it's going to be for a cause worthy of fighting about, however too many corporate interests in trying to make feminism as a group.

Even as a group, funding are limited to only help with those who wanted to receive help, it will never be those middle easterners as women there are just misogyny as men. They can't be help if they don't want to help themselves.

I have no idea about your deep state garbage, as long it doesn't effect our home or our own society, then I prefer the hands off approach to the rest of the world. After all, you still need a place for misogyny males to go to once they get fed up with modern society. Middle East will be kept as men cave for all the cavemen in the west to go to.

Also a word of advice, don't donate to non-profit unless you see their balance sheet and executive paychecks. This goes for any charity groups not just feminist group. Even the freaking child cancer research groups!

uno's picture

you are an idiot.  Musilm men are raping children in Western Europe and it's the feminist who defend them and welcome them in.  So you watch the MSM, too stupid to think for yourself.

Peanut Butter Engineer's picture

Bullshit, cause as a feminist I am outraged at those events everyone it is on the news. But you prefer to turn a blind eye to those feminist that's truly outraged about those sand niggers news as you prefer to see feminism as something that against you thus you want to find flaw in all of feminist movement.

I don't have to defend myself as much but I'll just need to call out your misogynistic mindset every time I see it.

What makes you think I watch any news on tv or are you fucking retard that watches CNN all day long? Hint we don't even have TV in our house, unlike some men who still want their brain connected to football daily and scrotom manly. Lol.

OverTheHedge's picture

In the western world, feminists have won, hands down. They have the right to work, or not work, to be supported by the state, or not if they chose to work. They can stop and start, do as they please, accuse men of rape, harassment etc, and generally make the rules up as they go along.

Men don't have that option.

Women in the middle east, however, live in a culture where suggesting they might have the right to own property, as opposed to being owned as property, is a blasphemy, a sin against Allah, and punishable by death. Its an interesting difference, but I can see how you would blame the women of the middle east for being lazy, uncaring and complicit in their slavery.

Isn't Saudi Arabia chair of the UN Council on Human Rights? Perhaps people think that if you force them to take part, then they may even take on board some of the ideas, like bombing Yemen into the stone age, and then stoning their women.

Peanut Butter Engineer's picture

Men has been winning for the past couple centuries so it's about time women gets her break. But that's for us in the west.

Ladies in the Middle East will have to stand up and fight on their own before we can provide them any help. We can't help those that doesn't want to help themselves and that applies to women in Middle East where vast majority of them supports their backward tradition even if it meant retardation for their society as a whole.

Feminist in the west doesn't have unlimited resources to help anyone beyond our border, we can only extend support of knowledge but for the grassroots movement they ladies in the Middle East will have to do that on their own.

Your cry of wanting feminist support in Middle East is nothing but a divergent of our resources. You can help them if you want, but I'm only seeking to help people of my country. You can call me conservative of our resources.

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Brazen Heist's picture

Getting sick of the West propping up this sick regime, but deposing everybody else.

The greatest cost of the petrodollar agreement is that the addiction to oil and dollar hegemony blows back with Wahhabi terrorism in everybody's face and what's worse is that Western governments are in denial about this, and actually enable it, while claiming to be "fighting" terrorism at the same time!

Centerist's picture

If the Dollar lost it World Reserve Currency status, the Fed would be less able to print unlimited amounts of fiat currency, and Congress would be forced to spend more judiciously.  Social programs would be reigned in, and foreign interventions would have to be curtailed.

This would all require taxation to more closely match expenditures, increasing the amount of skin that everyone has in the game.  The reason that the government gets away with what upsets so many ZHers is that the voters keep the incumbents in power.

If the voters had to pay for the consequences of their poor voting decisions, then they would have to get better informed and vote more intelligently.  Losing that World Reserve Currency status would be a good first step.