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Saudi Arabia has failed to win a seat on the United Nations Human Rights Council, while China and Russia acceded with little opposition.

On Tuesday, 15 countries were elected to the 47-member council in a secret ballot held by the UN’s General Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland, Reuters reported.

Four seats were available in the Asia-Pacific category, but Saudi Arabia lost out to China, Pakistan, Nepal, and Uzbekistan. Russia and Cuba also won seats on the council after running unopposed, the Associated Press reported.

Despite several significant steps taken toward a more equal society in recent years, Saudi Arabia is still considered one of the world’s worst human-rights abusers.

Women do not have equal status with men, homosexuality is still punishable with the death penalty, activists are muzzled and detained, and its courts dispense barbaric punishments to convicted criminals.

Since 2015, the kingdom has backed a bloody civil war in Yemen, in which at least 100,000 people have died.

Members of the UN human rights council can only serve two consecutive terms, with Saudi Arabia last losing its seat in 2019. It previously hung onto a seat in 2016, despite widespread opposition over the war in …read more

Source:: Businessinsider – Politics


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