Saudi Arabia’s ambassador has been controversially appointed as chair of the Consultative Group to the President of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC). Faisal bin Hassan Trad, Saudi Arabia’s ambassador at the UN in Geneva, was originally appointed chair of the five-strong group in June. Last week, it was confirmed that Mr Trad would continue to serve in the role. The appointment has been condemned by UN Watch, a non-governmental watchdog based in Geneva. Hillel Neuer, UN Watch executive director said: “It is scandalous that the UN chose a country that has beheaded more people this year than ISIS to be head of a key human rights panel.”
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