Issue 459: Saudi Arabia Wins Security Council Seat for First Time

At least 11 EU states voted for Wahabi regime

UNITED NATIONS, Oct. 17 – Saudi Arabia today won a UN Security Council seat for the first time in a new show of determination to make its voice heard, joining Chad, Chile, Lithuania and Nigeria in taking places on the key body.
All five stood unopposed in an election by the 193-member UN General Assembly. They will replace Azerbaijan, Guatemala, Morocco, Pakistan and Togo on the 15-nation council on January 1.
Saudi U.N. Ambassador Abdallah Al-Mouallimi told reporters after the vote that Riyadh supports the Syrian people in their struggle.
“But equally important, if not more so in our opinion, is the Palestinian issue. Because we believe the Palestinian issue is the core issue of the difficulties in the Middle East…”
Saudi Arabia won 176 votes in today’s secret ballot. This means that at least 11 of the EU’s 28 member states—and probably more—voted for the Wahabi regime.
The Saudis will now help legislate for the world on vital issues like combating terrorism.
Yet according to a secret December 2009 cable signed by former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, as revealed by Wikileaks and The Guardian, Saudi Arabia is the world’s largest source of funds for Islamist terrorist groups.
“Saudi Arabia remains a critical financial support base for al-Qaida … and other terrorist groups,” Clinton said. “Donors in Saudi Arabia constitute the most significant source of funding to Sunni terrorist groups worldwide,” she said.
And Saudi officials are reluctant to act. Clinton complained of the “ongoing challenge to persuade Saudi officials to treat terrorist funds emanating from Saudi Arabia as a strategic priority.”
Click here to read UN Watch’s statement today urging the U.S. and the EU to protest Saudi Arabia’s election, citing its human rights record.




Hillel Neuer, executive director of Geneva-based human rights group UN Watch, accused Saudi Arabia of denying women the right to vote, drive a car or travel without the permission of a male relative. He also accused it of “praising and shielding Sudan” whose president, Omar al-Bashir is wanted by the International Criminal Court for war crimes and crimes against humanity in Darfur. Neuer said Chad should not have oversight on U.N. peacekeeping operations as long it employs child soldiers. The three countries did not address their critics in welcoming their victories. UN Security Council elects Nigeria, Chad, Saudi Arabia, Lithuania and Chile, The Washington Post (AP), October 17, 2013


Human rights groups called for all three countries to improve their records. “Security Council members are routinely called upon to address critical human rights and humanitarian issues,” said Hillel Neuer, executive director of U.N. Watch, a Geneva-based advocacy group that monitors the United Nations. “Saudi Arabia and Chad have abysmal records on human rights.” Saudi, Chad, Nigeria, Chile, Lithuania elected to U.N. Security Council, The New York Times (Reuters), October 17, 2013


Human rights monitor UN Watch issued a last-minute PR effort against the candidacies of Chad and Saudi Arabia, arguing that the former continues to employ child soldiers while the latter severely limits the human rights of women and forcefully restricts the freedom of religion. “Saudi Arabia and Chad have abysmal records on human rights, yet the UN is electing both of them today to the Security Council,” a statement from UN Watch read. “Repressive regimes crave this undue and false legitimacy.”  — In Drama-Free Vote, Five Nations Join UN Security Council Class of 2014, Talk Radio News Service, October 17, 2013



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