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Saudi Arabia elected to United Nations women's rights commission

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres left and Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs Adel al-Jubeir arrive to hold a joint press conference in the Saudi capital Riyadh United Nations Elects Saudi Arabia to Women's Rights Commission
Eleena Tovar | 24 Abril, 2017, 19:03

"Saudi Arabia was elected to the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) 2018-2022 and the Executive Board of UNDP/UNFPA/UNOPS 2017-2020", the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to the United Nations confirmed on Twitter Friday.

Described as "the world's most misogynistic regime" by UN Watch, the country is known for not allowing women to vote or be elected to public office until recently.

What is more surprising is the fact that at least five countries from the European Union have voted for Saudi Arabia, according to UN Watch and ZeroHedge.

Human Rights Watch assessed in its 2017 World Report that Saudi authorities still discriminate against women despite pledges of reform. Although they may legally own property and are entitled to financial support from their guardian, women have fewer political or social rights than men, and society treated them as unequal members in the political and social spheres.

"Electing Saudi Arabia to protect women's rights is like making an arsonist into the town fire chief".

A human rights group on Sunday criticised the United Nations for appointing conservative kingdom Saudi Arabia to its committee on women's rights.

In 2015, women were granted the right to vote and to participate in municipal elections. The Saudi Shura Council also announced a possible amendment to laws governing travel documents, which may give women the right to obtain a passport without male permission. A husband who verbally (rather than through a court process) divorces his wife or refuses to sign final divorce papers continues to be her legal guardian.