SAUDI ARABIA - Fails in Bid to Join Human Rights Council

Arno Froese

Human rights groups hailed the snub to Riyadh, which deals a blow to the kingdom’s attempts to improve its image in the international community.

“The #HRC elections today delivered a stunning rebuke to #SaudiArabia under Mohammed bin Salman,” tweeted Bruno Stagno, a deputy executive director at Human Rights Watch, referring to the country’s crown prince.

“Only country not elected, shunned by a majority of the UN. The kingdom reaped what it deserves for its serious violations of human rights and war crimes abroad,” he added.

Fifteen positions were up for grabs on the 47-seat body that has been criticized by rights organizations and the United States for electing countries accused of human rights violations.

China received 139 votes in the secret ballot, a dramatic fall from the 180 votes that it received when they were last elected in 2016.

Saudi Arabia was the only country up for election that failed to be elected, mustering only 90 votes.

“Unless Saudi Arabia undertakes dramatic reforms to release political prisoners, end its disastrous war in Yemen and allow its citizens meaningful political participation, it will remain a global pariah,” said Sarah Leah Whitson, executive director of Democracy for the Arab World Now, which hailed the result., 14 October 2020

Arno's commentary

While the United Nations Human Rights Council has little to no power to enforce its resolutions, Saudi Arabia clearly stands embarrassed. Nevertheless, the process toward change is in the works, albeit slowly. Rumors have emerged about their closer relationship to Israel, with some speculating that an agreement may be reached in the not-too-distant future.

The criteria by which human rights are measured is diverse—sometimes outright contradictory. But, as mentioned in this column before, unity will and must be achieved in the end, for Bible prophecy to be fulfilled. All nations of the world will worship the god of this world and his two supermen: Antichrist and the false prophet, visibly manifested in the image of the beast.

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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