EDITORIAL: Oh the Irony! Arab States in Human Rights Council Playing a Great Game of Hypocrisy


It’s a lofty goal—arguing for gay rights amid Islamic fundamentalists and neo-Christian states with histories of persecuting and suppressing their LGBTQ citizens. Yet for some reason, the Human Rights Commission (HRC) is not ablaze thanks to the tried and true retardant that is hypocrisy.

While most of the committee has been waiting silently for Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and Iraq to put up a fight, these nations have taken an olive branch to a topic that should have caused internal combustion. With the odds stacked against them in both plurality and evidence, the Arab presence is unrecognizable. That is, until you recognize their screaming trademark that involves the practice of saying one thing and doing another.

Radical Islamic terrorism in the Middle East has plagued the region with catastrophe, much of it at the hands of the same state that is supposed to ensure the safety and security of its people. Authoritarian regimes have played with chemical weapons like a deck of cards and treated their minority communities just as carelessly. Thus, the irony is increasingly painful with each speech and clause delivered from their hands and minds that emphasizes the importance of government accountability to protecting its people.

On one hand, it’s hard not to feel bad for them. Did they crumble under the pressure of a pre-established committee consensus that diametrically opposed the fiber of their being? Is that what it feels like to be part of the LGBTQ community under their rule?

Thankfully this feeling is quick to dissipate when the words “Abdel Fattah al-Sisi”, “Tayyip Erdogan”, and “Saddam Hussein” come to mind.



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