Jan 20, 2016, 12:00 PM
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Call for expelling S. Arabia from UNHRC

Tehran, Jan 20, IRNA – At least 20 Arab human rights organizations have urged UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to cancel membership of Saudi Arabia.

In a letter to UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein, the Arab human right organizations called for expelling Saudi Arabia from the UN human rights body.

In September 2015, Faisal bin Hassan Trad, Saudi Arabia's ambassador to the UN in Geneva, was elected Chair of the United Nations Human Rights Council panel that appoints independent experts.

The election was not taken seriously by many observers in the world since the country is the champion of human rights abuse.

UN Watch executive director Hillel Neuer said, 'It is scandalous that the UN chose a country that has beheaded more people this year than ISIS to be head of a key human rights panel. Petro-dollars and politics have trumped human rights.'

In January 2016, Saudi Arabia executed the prominent Shia cleric Sheikh Nimr who had called for free elections in Saudi Arabia.

Saudi Arabia started military attacks against Yemen in late March in a bid to undermine Ansarullah and bring pro-Saudi fugitive Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi back to power.

More than 7,500 people have been killed and over 14,000 others injured since Saudi strikes began in Yemen. The Saudi war has also taken a heavy toll on the impoverished country’s facilities and infrastructure.