"Four Ahwazi Arab political prisoners have been executed, according to reports received by Iran Human Rights (IHR). The executions are also reported by BBC Persian and several other sources. Ghazi Abbasi, Abdul-Reza Amir-Khanafereh , Abdul-Amir Mojaddami and Jasim Moghaddam Payam were sentenced to death by Branch 1 of the Ahwaz revolutionary court on August 15, 2012. They were convicted of 'enmity with God', which is a common charge made against critics of the government. The death sentences were upheld by the Supreme Court in February, although it is believed that the lawyer representing Abdul-Reza Amir-Khanafereh was still in the process of appealing against the conviction before the executions."
"A Minnesota man is being held in an Arab jail after putting a spoof video about youth culture in Dubai online. Shezanne Cassim, 29, was arrested in April and charged with violating a 2012 cyber crime law that has penalties for allegedly challenging authorities, his attorney, Susan Burns, said. Mr Cassim, who was moved to a maximum security prison in Abu Dhabi in June, has been accused of endangering national security. He is the first foreigner arrested under tougher measures governing internet use in the United Arab Emirates, according to the Emirates Center for Human Rights... 'It's tragic. It's something that can happen to anybody, especially young people who post all the time on YouTube,' Ms Burns said. To be incarcerated over something that's clearly a joke, clearly meant in jest, clearly meant in good humor - and held for seven months - is a violation of human rights.'"
"Two Egyptian Christians living in Libya were killed by Muslims when they refused to convert to Islam in late September. The Morning Star News reported that Waleed Saad Shaker, 25, and Nash'at Shenouda Ishaq, 27, Coptic Christians from Egypt living in Libya, were surrounded by a group of militant Muslims in northeastern Libya's Derna District, in what initially seemed like an armed robbery. After taking their belongings and beating them, the group demanded that the two men recite the shahada, the Islamic conversation declaration. When the men refused, the extremists tied them up and shot them."
Today, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will pay a visit to Auschwitz where he will make a show of concern for the demonization of Jews in the past century. However, at the very same time his UN staff is actively discriminating against Jews at UN Headquarters in the here and now. The group of 18 Birthright Israel alumni had been invited to witness the annual offensive "UN Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People" by the UN-accredited Touro Institute on Human Rights and the Holocaust. Solidarity Day marks the General Assembly's adoption of the resolution in November 1947 that partitioned Palestine into a Jewish and an Arab state. The meeting was advertised as open with no prior consent and any NGO invited to attend according to the UN website. Formal approval from the UN had been given, and the passes scheduled to be picked up. That is, until UN security official Lt. Paul Jankowsky reversed course and unilaterally decided that the chief of the UN Palestinian Rights Division, Wolfgang Grieger, had a veto over who could attend. The campaign to exclude Jewish groups which support Israel from attending UN meetings is only the latest affront to the UN Charter's promise of "the equal rights of men and women and of nations large and small." Today in Poland the secretary-general will pose for the cameras at Auschwitz and the UN media machine will move into high gear. One week today in New York, the Secretary-General will bar selected Jews from attending a public UN meeting and deliver a statement marking the partition vote absent the flag of the Jewish state. The duplicity could not be clearer.
Senator Mike Lee (UT-R) has now introduced Bill S.1197 to require an accounting of U.S. taxpayer dollars to the United Nations. Since 2010, there has been no such requirement, keeping U.S. citizens in the dark on how many taxpayer dollars are being spent on the UN or where they're going. To ensure full transparency, Senator Lee included the following reporting requirements from the executive branch in the bill:
What it takes to get elected to the UN's top human rights body, the UN "Human Rights" Council. Distribute gifts to delegates in the UN General Assembly before the vote.
- Saudi Arabia handed out cake pops:
- Cuba handed out CDs:
- Viet Nam handed out dolls:
- Mexico handed out bookmarks:
- South Africa handed out salad spoons:
Gifting One's Way onto UN HRC Article
New UN human rights bosses
Today, the UN General Assembly held elections for the top UN human rights body, the Human Rights Council. New Council members include some of the world's worst abusers: China (elected with 176 votes of 193 UN members), Cuba (148 votes), Russia (176 votes), and Saudi Arabia (140 votes). In addition, with today's election, the Islamic bloc of states retains a stranglehold over the Council. States from the African and the Asian regional groups make up 55% of the Human Rights Council, and now 54% of them are members of the Organization for the Islamic Cooperation (OIC). So the OIC holds the balance of power. Also after today's elections, only 53% of the UN HRC members are free states (ranked "fully free" by the Freedom House).
A detailed breakdown and analysis of the election results can be found here.
Saudi Arabia is set to join the UN Human Rights Council on November 12, 2013. The laughable process to select members of the UN's top human rights body involves pledging to care about human rights. So here's the Saudi 8-page "pledge" on its terrific rights record: