Same Day: UN Women’s Rights Commission Condemns Israel, Welcomes Saudi Arabia

The UN’s 45-member Commission on the Status of Women, meeting in its 2017 annual session, singled out Israel as the only country in the world subjected to a condemnatory resolution on women’s rights. Britain changed its vote from an abstention last year to a No vote this year. On Friday, the @UN women's …

U.N. condemns Israel as only violator of women’s rights in the world

At the 12th meeting, on 22 March, the representative of Ecuador, on behalf of the States Members of the United Nations that are members of the Group of 77 and China, taking into account the provisions of General Assembly resolution 52/250 of 7 July 1998, introduced a draft resolution entitled “Situation of and assistance to Palestinian women” (E/CN.6/2017/L.3).

At the 13th meeting, on 24 March, the Commission was informed that the draft resolution contained no programme budget implications.

At the same meeting, Turkey joined in sponsoring the draft resolution.

Also at the same meeting, the Commission adopted the draft resolution by a recorded vote of 30 to 1, with 12 abstentions, and recommended it to the Economic and Social Council for its adoption (see chap. I, sect. B). The voting was as follows:

In favour:

Bangladesh, Belarus, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Colombia, Congo, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ghana, Guyana, India, Iran (Islamic Republic of), Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kuwait, Liberia, Malawi, Mongolia, Nigeria, Pakistan, Qatar, Russian Federation, Tajikistan, Trinidad and Tobago, Uganda, United Republic of Tanzania, Uruguay.

Against: Israel.

Abstaining: Albania, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Germany, Guatemala, Japan, Liechtenstein, Norway, Republic of Korea, Spain, Switzerland, United Kingdom.

After the vote, a statement was made by the observer for the State of Palestine.

Irish Coverage: U.N. elects Saudi Arabia to Women’s Rights Commission

      Irish FM Charlie Flanagan and Saudi official Nasser al Fawzan April 19, 2017 – the UN Economic and Social Council issues press release announcing Saudi Arabia’s election to the Commission on the Status of Women. April 22, 2017 – UN Watch publishes statement on its website condemning …

Full Text: Belgian PM ‘regrets’ electing Saudis to U.N. Women’s Rights Commission

Belgian Parliament 27 April 2017 Translation Prime Minister Charles Michel: Mr. President, colleagues, I will start by mentioning the facts as they were reported to me before answering as accurately as possible to the questions have rightly been addressed to me. First, the facts: indeed, in multilateral contexts, …

Leaked e-mails: Belgium made sure Saudis knew it voted regime onto U.N. women’s rights commission

Scandal: internal emails reveal that Belgium instructed its diplomats to vote Saudi Arabia onto the U.N. women’s rights commission — and to make sure the fundamentalist regime knew of Belgium’s support. See also: Belgian FM defends election of Saudi Arabia to U.N. women’s rights body, advocates …

No Joke: U.N. Elects Saudi Arabia to Women’s Rights Commission, For 2018-2022 Term

The Geneva-based human rights group UN Watch condemned the U.N.’s election of Saudi Arabia, “the world’s most misogynistic regime,” to a 2018-2022 term on its Commission on the Status of Women, the U.N. agency “exclusively dedicated to the promotion of gender equality and the …