Today the UN will elect 14 out of 16 candidate countries to be new members of its top human rights body. UN Watch heads an international campaign of MPs and NGOs urging nations to oppose the election of Algeria, China, Cuba, Russia, Saudi Arabia, and Vietnam. The other candidates are France, Macedonia, Maldives, Mexico, Morocco, Namibia, South Africa, South Sudan, Tunisia, and Uruguay. Click here for UN Watch’s comprehensive report, analysis and comment.
Following are the remarks of Saudi dissident Ali AlAhmed, delivered at UN headquarters on November 4, 2013, at a press conference organized by UN Watch and the Human Right Foundation.
The Saudi Monarchy is racist that bans blacks from senior government positions such as diplomats, judges, ministers, security and military officers. Black women are banned form even being a school principal or to be on government television. The Saudi Monarchy views all blacks as slaves who are not suitable for leadership positions.
The Saudi Monarchy is the worst in its treatment of women as it legally considers them to be part human. Women do not enjoy a full and separate legal identity and are not allowed to represent themselves independently. They must be part of a male relative such as a wife, daughter, sister, granddaughter, grandmother, mother, aunt of a certain male.
Women are not allowed basic rights such as education, healthcare, work, travel, legal papers, ownership of business without the written permission of their male masters.
The Saudi Monarchy also bans women form physical education and any organized sports or fitness activity. This has caused the death of thousands of women every year, and the illness of many others who suffer from disease linked to limited physical exercise such as heart disease, hypertension, diabetes, obesity, bone density problem, and psychological illness related to body image.