Congrats to Saudi Arabia for winning a seat on UN Women's Rights Commission

Congratulations are in order to our good friends in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, whose stellar record on protecting the rights of women has earned it a seat on the U.N. Commission on the Status of Women.

That is not a story posted on The Onion.  Nor is it the U.N.'s idea of a joke, although judging by some of their actions, they have a weird sense of humor, indeed. 

The nation that just in the last two years has begun to consider allowing women to drive – as long as their husbands say it's OK – will now be an international guardian of the rights of women.

The Hill:

The addition of the Gulf nation was first flagged by UN Watch, a nongovernmental body that monitors the United Nations. The Commission on the Status of Women's main mission is to assess the challenges to reaching gender inequality (sic), according to the U.N. website.

The organization's executive director slammed the election, which occurred in a secret vote during the U.N.'s Economic and Social Council.

"Electing Saudi Arabia to protect women's rights is like making an arsonist into the town fire chief," Hillel Neuer said. 

Neuer called the election "absurd," noting that all women in Saudi Arabia "must have a male guardian who makes all critical decisions on her behalf, controlling a woman's life from her birth until death. Saudi Arabia also bans women from driving cars."

Saudi Arabia, a top U.S. ally, is also on the U.N. Human Rights Council.

The U.N. is used to absurdity, so this is nothing new.  In fact, the election of Saudi Arabia or any strict Muslim nation to either the Human Rights Council or the Women's Rights Commission is surreal.

This is not a question of "Western values" being imposed on other nations.  The Saudis violate almost every tenet of the United Nation's own Declaration of Human Rights.  By the organization's own standards, the Saudis are unfit to sit on any commission dealing with the rights of human beings.

But politics is politics.  They need an Arab representative on the Women's Rights Commission, and it appears to be the Saudis' turn.

Don't expect Western feminists to raise a stink.  Criticizing Muslims for anything – including the obscene practice of genital mutilation – is almost like praising Western values, and we just can't have any of that.

One more reason to severely cut funding for the United Nations – an organization whose boosters never realizes that the joke is on them.

Congratulations are in order to our good friends in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, whose stellar record on protecting the rights of women has earned it a seat on the U.N. Commission on the Status of Women.

That is not a story posted on The Onion.  Nor is it the U.N.'s idea of a joke, although judging by some of their actions, they have a weird sense of humor, indeed. 

The nation that just in the last two years has begun to consider allowing women to drive – as long as their husbands say it's OK – will now be an international guardian of the rights of women.

The Hill:

The addition of the Gulf nation was first flagged by UN Watch, a nongovernmental body that monitors the United Nations. The Commission on the Status of Women's main mission is to assess the challenges to reaching gender inequality (sic), according to the U.N. website.

The organization's executive director slammed the election, which occurred in a secret vote during the U.N.'s Economic and Social Council.

"Electing Saudi Arabia to protect women's rights is like making an arsonist into the town fire chief," Hillel Neuer said. 

Neuer called the election "absurd," noting that all women in Saudi Arabia "must have a male guardian who makes all critical decisions on her behalf, controlling a woman's life from her birth until death. Saudi Arabia also bans women from driving cars."

Saudi Arabia, a top U.S. ally, is also on the U.N. Human Rights Council.

The U.N. is used to absurdity, so this is nothing new.  In fact, the election of Saudi Arabia or any strict Muslim nation to either the Human Rights Council or the Women's Rights Commission is surreal.

This is not a question of "Western values" being imposed on other nations.  The Saudis violate almost every tenet of the United Nation's own Declaration of Human Rights.  By the organization's own standards, the Saudis are unfit to sit on any commission dealing with the rights of human beings.

But politics is politics.  They need an Arab representative on the Women's Rights Commission, and it appears to be the Saudis' turn.

Don't expect Western feminists to raise a stink.  Criticizing Muslims for anything – including the obscene practice of genital mutilation – is almost like praising Western values, and we just can't have any of that.

One more reason to severely cut funding for the United Nations – an organization whose boosters never realizes that the joke is on them.

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