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Irish Government must state if it voted for Saudi seat on UN women's commission – Boylan

4 May, 2017 - by Lynn Boylan MEP

Speaking this morning, Sinn Féin MEP Lynn Boylan has demanded that the Irish Government come clean over whether or not it voted for Saudi Arabia, a country which is accused of serially abusing human rights and women’s rights, to have a seat on the United Nations Women’s Commission on the Status of Women.

MEP Boylan said:

“The people and especially the women of Ireland have a right to know if the Irish Government voted in their name for a country which serially abuses human rights and women’s rights to have a seat on the UN Commission on the Status of Women.

“The UN Commission on the Status of Women is the principal global intergovernmental body exclusively dedicated to the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women.

“However, Saudi Arabia is a country that continues to imprison human rights defenders and activists for criticising authorities or advocating political and rights reforms. Furthermore, the authorities continue to discriminate against women and religious minorities. This is not a country which is fit to receive the vote of an Irish government, or of any progressive government who value human and women’s rights.

“It is a sad day when in the midst of such violations, Saudi Arabia manages to secure a seat on the UN Commission on the Status of Women. More so, it is an extreme insult to the women of Saudi Arabia, and to women everywhere for that matter.

“I am demanding the Department of Foreign Affairs to clarify whether Ireland voted in favour of Saudi Arabia securing a seat on the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women.

“If it is a case that the Irish Government did support the Saudis, it is a disgraceful state of affairs.” 

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