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Sun Jan 21, 2018, 12:54 PM

At UN Human Rights Council, Saudi Arabia Supports Right To Torture & Execute LGBT People

This is from 2016, but as various groups ramp in Washington up tensions and possible military conflicts, it's worth remembering what offenses our government ignores when it's in the interest of our financial elite.

To their shitty human rights record, utter lack of democracy, spreading of violent fundamentalism and terrorism, including sponsoring (and possibly directing) the 9/11 hijackers, we can now add wars of aggression with Yemen.

The "whataboutism" defense was invented because comparing any of our "enemies'" human rights or democracy violations to our "allies" like Saudi Arabia immediately shows that our government's case against their enemies are excuses not real causes.

A handful of people in Congress are right on this like Tulsi Gabbard. Democrats who want to regain AND HOLD ONTO the majority in Congress could change to a foreign policy that is honest about who is pushing for various wars and regime change and how they expect to profit from it, which is something the Republicans are inherently incapable of doing.

GENEVA — At the most recent session of the U.N. Human Rights Council, Saudi Arabia objected to a resolution that condemns the use of torture by law enforcement and reaffirms the human rights of LGBT people.

The resolution, passed during the council’s 31st session, which closed on March 24, condemns the use of torture “and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment,” and urges nations to prevent torture by police or during pre-trial detention.

While the report is primarily focused on police and governmental use of torture, it briefly references the latest report by Juan Mendez, the special rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, which was issued during the session.

According to a U.N. press release, Saudi Arabia protested because Mendez’s report “included 65 references to sexual orientation and was an attempt to use the eradication of torture to promote other issues, which lacked any ground in international law.”


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