Saudi Arabia: is this what is to be expected of a UN Human Rights Council member (Part 1)?

Index Number: MDE 23/1054/2015

Saudi Arabia was elected as Council member in November 2013 and made some important pledges. It made additional ones during its Universal Periodic Review in 2014. However, with the exception of minor improvements in limited areas, the overall human rights situation over the country has deteriorated in the past two years. This statement focuses on violations of rights to freedom of expression, peaceful assembly and association.

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