Monday , 16 September 2019

Tag Archives: Saudi Arabia

UN council creates LGBTI rights watchdog

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  The United Nations Human Rights Council agreed yesterday to appoint an independent investigator to help protect LGBTI people worldwide from discrimination and violence. Following a four-hour long debate, which was at times quite heated with Saudi Arabia and other Islamic countries expressing strong opposition, the council agreed to accept a resolution to create an “independent expert” to help protect “against violence ...

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Saudi Arabia opposes LGBTI rights inclusion in UN development goals

Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir

Saudi Arabia said it objects to the inclusion of LGBTI rights in the United Nations’ (UN) new agenda for global development because it runs “counter to Islamic law.” The UN adopted the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) on Friday, calling for development agreements in fields ranging from healthcare to economic equity. Some targets, which relate to universal access to reproductive healthcare ...

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Sturgeon: Saudi Arabia’s stance wrong – LGBTI rights are universal human rights

Nicola Sturgeon

Nicola Sturgeon, the First Minister of Scotland, Minister Humza Yousaf, Alyn Smith MEP and Stewart McDonald MP have sharply criticised Saudi Arabia’s stance, which now chairs a key UN human rights panel, regarding LGBTI rights. It follows the controversial appointment of Faisal bin Hassan Trad as Chair of the Five-Member Consultative Group of the UN Council for Human Rights last ...

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Stewart McDonald: Remove Saudi Arabia from UN Human Rights Panel

Stewart McDonald

A Scottish National Party MP has written to Prime Minister David Cameron urging the UK government to push for the removal of Saudi Arabia as chair of a key UN human rights panel. The call from Stewart McDonald MP follows stinging criticism of the UN, UK and Scottish governments by leading human rights campaigners over the controversial appointment of Faisal ...

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Maggie Chapman: Boycott Saudi Arabia rather than let it lead human rights

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The actions of the Saudi Arabian government would, in a country with less oil, bring international isolation. The news, therefore, that Saudi Arabia has been chosen to lead a UN Panel on Human Rights should bring the appropriate scrutiny on this tyrannical regime. Not only is the state an absolute monarchy, it is one that routinely denies the rights of ...

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Anti gay Saudi to head key UN Human Rights panel

Faisal bin Hassan Trad

The Saudi Arabian ambassador to the United Nations (UN), who opposes LGBTI rights, was appointed to chair a key panel in the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC). Faisal bin Hassan Trad will chair the five-member Consultative Group, a UNHRC panel that is tasked with naming experts that determine global human rights standards. Human rights campaigners from the kingdom and across the ...

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Why Scotland did not fly the flag half-mast for King Abdullah

King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud

Scottish government buildings did not fly the Saltire or the Union Jack half-mast following the death of King Abdullah of the Kingdom of Saudi-Arabia, although an official condolences statement was issued. This despite UK Government’s Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) sending out a request to do so. According leading Scottish politicians this was done to pay respects to ...

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