Saudi Arabia’s New Law Is Exactly Why America Withdrew from the U.N. Human Rights Council
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Last Tuesday, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley announced America’s withdrawal from the U.N. Human Rights Council (UNHRC). This was met with widespread backlash by the left as they sought to characterize the Trump Administration as anti human rights and that this move in some way proved how “evil” they are. Of course, the reality is that there are too many human rights abusing countries that are part of the HRC to even give the council true legitimacy.
The council was known for their political bias against Israel, with Netanyahu claiming the organization to be “biased” and “hostile” toward his country.
Saudi Arabia, one of the countries that is a part of the council, has a disastrous record when it comes to human rights. On top of that, the council will not condemn any of the heinous acts that Saudi Arabia (and the other human rights violating countries) partake in.
What's the huge irony here? The Saudi ban on women being able to drive was just lifted— yesterday.
It is no secret that women are treated as second class citizens in Saudi Arabia. Many in the country are still vehemently against the mere idea of a woman behind the wheel of a vehicle. It is a country that uses corporal punishment (the cutting off of limbs, beheading, and flogging) for minor crimes like drunkenness. The countries existence in the UNHRC renders the group illegitimate — alongside all of the other countries that are just as bad.
Those who disagreed with the U.S. pulling out of the council must take a step back and ask themselves “why?”. A lot of those countries have values that are completely antithetical to those of the United States and it simply does not make any logical sense to stay in the council — or as Ambassador Haley stated, the “so-called” council.
Keyden Smith-Herold is the Editor-in-Chief of The Daily Analytical, (dailyanalytical.com) a brand new publication.