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Women in Saudi Arabia:
The UN Reinforces the Prison Bars

Jun 5, 2017

In April, 47 of the 54 members of the UN Economic and Social Council approved Saudi Arabia’s inclusion in the United Nations’ Commission on the Condition of Women. The vote was by secret ballot, which shows 47 countries wanted to hide their vote.

In Saudi Arabia, women are deprived of all liberty and are treated like children for their whole lives. They must have the permission of a man in their families to open a bank account, get a passport, leave their home, or be treated by a doctor. Starting in 2018, this fundamentalist monarchy from another age will participate in an organization supposedly charged with promoting the equality of the sexes and the autonomy of women!

Immediately, women in Saudi Arabia who daily fight the dictatorship they live under every day denounced this decision to appease the patriarchal Saudi regime, where misogyny has the force of law.

The UN has always served as a fig leaf for the great powers, justifying their piracy in the name of grand declarations about human rights. With this latest insult to half of humanity, the UN has shown its hypocrisy once again.