October 1, 2015
Britain allegedly helped Saudi Arabia’s controversial election to the UN human rights council (UNHRC) through a secret vote-trading deal, leaked diplomatic cables have reportedly shown.
Saudi foreign ministry files, among 61,000 documents released by Wikileaks, reportedly refer to talks with British diplomats ahead of a November 2013 vote in New York and have been translated by Geneva-based human rights organisation UN Watch.
The classified exchanges, published by The Australiannewspaper, allegedly suggest the UK initiated the secret negotiations by asking Saudi Arabia for its support.
Both countries were later elected to the UNHRC, which consists of 47 member states.
This article was posted: Thursday, October 1, 2015 at 7:35 am