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UNHRC Applicants for ‘Violence against Women’ Post

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The U.N.’s Human Rights Council (HRC) over the summer quietly appointed Saudi Arabia as head of a panel responsible for interviewing and short listing experts focusing on a range of human rights-related themes. Among the posts considered at meetings chaired by the Saudi ambassador to the HRC, Faisal bin Hassan Trad, since May, was one dealing with “violence against women, its causes and consequences” and another focused on “the independence of judges and lawyers.” The kingdom is frequently cited by human rights advocacy groups and Western governments for the fairness of its judiciary and its treatment of women. (Last year Saudi Arabia was in 13th last place out of 142 countries, evaluated by the World Economic Forum for gaps between women and men in the areas of political empowerment, economic participation and opportunity, educational attainment, and health and survival.)
[extracted from http://cnsnews.com/news/article/patrick-goodenough/un-human-rights-council-saudi-arabia-chairs-panel-vetting-applicants]